The National, Wednesday, May 4, 2011
THE University of Papua New Guinea has received the largest slice of K405,000 out of 13 tertiary institutions in the National Capital District.
The support is courtesy of the West New Britain government.
Education and health are priority areas for the Peter Humphries-led WNB provincial government.
In the education sector, the government is adamant one way of improving the quality of education is by investing in its children.
Last year, it started the tertiary education students assistance scheme (TESAS)-related scholarship with
K1.5 million and, now in its second year, K2.5 million had been injected to roll out the programme.
Humphries said at the university last Saturday his government was committed because it believed in investing in the province’s children.
Of the 13 tertiary institutions in NCD, UPNG received the largest slice of K405,000 in school fees and an additional K4,000 for its associations.
The provincial government has embarked on up-skilling its teachers and improving and upgrading education facilities in the province.
Humphries said at the hand-over ceremony the TESAS scheme had been funded by the provincial government and New Britain Palm Oil Ltd Investments.
In the health sector, Humphries’ government is focused on restoring and improving the quality of service delivery and improving and upgrading health facilities.
“In line with the national government’s Vision 2050, we have built new community health posts and re-opened 14 of the 16 closed aid posts. Some of them have been closed for the past 25 years,” he said.
Humphries said next month his government would start on new health projects.
He said West New Britain was now funding training of nurses and “will next year extend this to teachers at primary and secondary levels”.