Good attitude is key, students told


Papua New Guinea is full of skillful people roaming the streets today because of poor attitudes, an official says.
Lae Catholic education secretary Louis Worealevi said this when addressing 354 graduating students of St Joseph’s Catholic Technical School at 8-Mile outside Lae on Thursday.
The school was first established in 1963 as a Catholic mission agency.
The level six school is the biggest technical vocational education and training (Tvet) school in Morobe.
Worealevi said knowledge, skills and attitude were learned, and equally important to all students.
“Skills and knowledge will give you a job, but your attitude will take you to the top of the job,” he said.
“Attitude is more important.
“Attitude is not taught, it is caught.
“The school gives religious education lessons to provide you with the right attitude.
“An important attitude is humility.
“Education does not stop after graduation, because there is no guarantee that there is employment, there is no guarantee that the 354 graduating students will find employment.
“What I can assure is that PNG has a lot of employment opportunities, but some people are so blind to realise that.”
The school offers courses in business studies, building and construction, cabinet and joinery, electrical, electronics, refrigeration and air conditioning, motor vehicle mechanic, panel beating and spray painting, and metal fabrication and welding.
Centre manager Gedisa Kepusu said the school had been “hope for the hopeless because God created no human being to be a failure”.
“All our students are grade 10 and grade 12 school leavers,” he said.
“Some have left school for many years. Many have been seeking opportunities and they are enrolled here.”