PROVIDING free education without due consideration to achieving quality education is a wasted education, Prime Minister James Marape says.
“The current Government maintains free education but tailored to achieve quality education, not just free education as in the past where quality education is compromised,” he said.
Marape said quality education would guarantee the future of the country.
“We also pay fees for our school leavers in tertiary institutions through the introduction of the higher education loan programme (Help), where many technical schools and drop outs are benefitting.”
He said Help supported students who could not afford full school fees and was providing greater assistance to students to also access quality education.
Marape said this at Massy village in Goroka where he visited to formally announce Goroka by-election candidate Aiye Tambua would contest under his Pangu Pati banner. (See story P10)
He urged students and youths not to drink alcohol but to behave and discuss issues that could help to transform themselves such as coffee farming.
Marape said his Government did not promote beer drinking and partying in clubs with a sponsored crowd to conduct rallies.
“That’s why I came to Massy village to show leadership to be measured with substance,” he said.
He said Pangu Pati was one of the oldest political parties that was there at independence and had a history of achievement and leadership.
Marape said past governments did what they were empowered to do but failed to empower the people.