Sunday, November 13, 2011

Internet for Enga schools

Source: Highlands Post, Post Courier, November 02, 2011
By MAL TAIME in Porgera
ALL schools in Enga Province will have access to internet service at the beginning of next year.
Governor Peter Ipatas announced the good news to students and staff of schools in Porgera district last Thursday.
Students attending elementary, community, primary and Porgera High Schools marched with placards and banners written “action governor the father of education” to welcome him and his delegation.
They turned out in numbers to brave the heat of the sun to march in the small Porgera town that attracted more people to witness the occasion.
Dignitaries that accompanied Mr Ipatas to the ceremony were provincial education adviser Robert Ganim, Paiala sub-district administrator George Aipi, Deputy Governor John Pawe and others.
The provincial government also donated a new Toyota Land Cruiser to district education services and pledged to replace another one for Porgera High Shool that had been stolen.
Mr Ipatas said this was important for the schools and his government would make sure the schools had access to internet services in February next year.
He said the National Government had made commitment to bail parents to subsidies school fees for students around the country next year, the Enga Provincial Government would continue with its policy to support education in the province.
Mr Ipatas said funds budgeted to subsidies school fees would be used to support all schools in the province.
He said many government surprise students and parents to pay for school fees during election period, but not like his government that had a policy in place to support students continuously.
“They have adopted our policy and when they do that, we will go to next level because we want to make sure education role in the province is advance ahead of them,” Mr Ipatas said.
He said in the next 5-10 years, they wanted to produce more Enga students to become pilots, engineers, doctors, teachers and many professional jobs.
Mr Ipatas said the challenge was now with the Enga Provincial Government, teachers and parents to know that they must move the province forward and this would come to a reality if there was proper co-operation.
He said when he was elected governor of the province in 1997, he saw the data list of students was only 10,000 but in the last 15-years the number went up to 100,000

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