By ELIAS LARI
THE Government opened a new technical college for the people of Jiwaka on Friday under its policy of leaving no one behind in education.
Education Minister Jim Uguro delivered this message to the people as it converts the Jiwaka Technical Education and Vocational Training (Tvet) centre at Tombil to the province’s new technical college. Uguro said Jiwaka was the newest province and the Government was keen to make sure such services were established.
He said this was a commitment made by Prime Minister James Marape during a recent visit to the province.
Uguro said the Government had made education a top priority to move the nation forward.
He said the Government’s policy was to leave no one behind.
Uguro gave K200,000 to establish the new college and prepare for student registration.
“This is the way forward for the people because I believe Jiwaka will progress through education,” he said.
“This is the beginning of better things to come and I would like to ask for your cooperation so we can get this project going.”
Governor Dr William Tongamp said the development was good news for the province. He said his province had a teachers college, a nursing college and would now have a technical college.
Tongamp thanked the national government for its support and called on his people to make use of the facility and cherish it.
Tongamp described it as a great achievement for the province in terms of education.
Meanwhile, the event on Friday also coincided with the launching of the Alesco payroll system for Jiwaka teachers at Minj.
It was launched by Uguro and witnessed by Tongamp and Education secretary Dr Uke Kombra.
The development will eliminate salary issues affecting Jiwaka teachers as the payroll system will be controlled in Jiwaka.
Teachers who have pay issues will no longer need to travel to Port Moresby to follow up but can approach their pay office.
By ELIAS LARI