SOUTHERN Highlands is a huge province with a big population but lacks proper government services like roads and aid posts.
Our mothers give birth the old fashion way because not everybody has money to take mothers to Mendi and Mt Hagen hospitals.
The province has 12 secondary schools but each year the number of grades 10 and 12 dropouts increases.
The country only has three major recognised technical colleges and they are Port Moresby Technical College, Mt Hagen Technical College and Polytech in Lae. The selection process does not consider dropouts.
The National Apprenticeship and Trade Testing Board (NATTB) is not doing enough for this country.
Don Bosco Technical College and high school have done so much educating the young ones and providing skills to school dropouts rejected by the education system in PNG.
The National Training Council is also a sleeping giant. There is too much corruption. We need to wake up and see the needs of the people and try reach out to the lost.
The council only accepts for apprenticeships those who are already working in the industry. How about those who have no jobs? Does NATTB have some kind of plan for technical school graduates who have no jobs?
The leaders of Southern Highlands need to build a technical college for our school dropouts.
George & Francis