By TONY PALME
PAIAS Wingti says Western Highlanders should be proud because it is fast becoming an education hub.
The governor made this remark on Friday at the opening of two double classrooms at Nunga Primary School, funded by the Japanese government.
He said Western Highlands has 32 high schools, the highest number in the country.
“In 2012 we had only nine high schools. But now we have 32. This shows how serious we are at building the human resources capacity for our province,” Wingti said.
“Our plan is to have a home-grown education system. Our children must get education from primary to university within the province. We are building more high schools to absorb our children from all the primary schools.
“We also want to have more colleagues and universities to take in our students graduating from secondary schools.
“Western Highlands students must get an education within Western Highlands and find an employment within their province.”
He thanked outsiders for investing in education and business in Western Highlands.
“Western Highlands is not only for Hageners. Mt Hagen city is growing into an iconic city,” he said.
“We want to make it a business and education hub of the Highlands and the country.”
Wingti urged his people to be “proud of what’s happening in our city”, like the four-lane road project, expansion of Kagamuga Airport into international standard, university campuses and institutions being set up in the city, high-rise buildings coming up in the city and other developments taking place.
He was joined by his deputy, Michael Mai, who also thanked the people and government of Japan for funding the classrooms and office infrastructure at Nunga Primary School, which shares the same premise with Nunga High School.
They also commended deputy head master John Ik for taking his own initiative to do a project submission and secured the funding grant from the Japanese embassy in Port Moresby.
They said that “we must not expect government to help us, we must help ourselves.”
By TONY PALME