By SAMUEL RAITANO
PAPUA New Guinea needs to build its human resource and develop skilled labour in the years ahead, a government official from the Office of Higher Education said last Friday.
Joseph Morimai was speaking at the Grade 12 graduation ceremony at Kilakila Secondary School in Port Moresby.
He said the number of Grade 12 students leaving secondary and national high schools was increasing, prompting the need for more spaces at tertiary institutions.
Morimai said this necessity had meant asking the national government, through its responsible authorities, to create more tertiary and technical institutions to cater for this growing number of school leavers.
He also encouraged the young graduates to further their education and skills training.
“You are still young and have a long way to go.
“Do not give up on your dreams and be positive that you will achieve what you desire to be in the future,” Morimai said.
Deputy principal Nakula Pala told the graduating students that it was not the end of the world for them but the beginning of a new era as they pass onto another stage in life.
Dux of the year was Cassandra Aisa.