Commerce, Trade & Industry Minister Richard Maru urged them to discipline their students to produce the best brains to move the country forward.
“I want each and every one of you who are graduating to be disciplined to transfer the best knowledge you have to the children,” he said.
“Don’t be a paper teacher, to be in the classroom for the sake of your pay, but be committed to transfer the finest values of your profession to our leaders of tomorrow.”
He also described Enga Governor, Sir Peter Ipatas, as ‘the icon of education’ in the country.
He said the provincial leadership in Enga is recognised as most solid when compared with others. He attributed this to Sir Peter’s bold decision to invest more than K300 million in the education policy in the last 19 years.
“Your province is now highly recognised for the stunning vision that your leader had to change such unwanted perception around. You should be happy to have such a leader to put your province on the map.”
Maru, who is also the Yangoru-Sassia MP, said Sepiks were once known for producing the best brains in the country.
“However, it is not the case anymore because the leaders have lost focus,” said Maru.
“The people of Enga must be reminded that once you lack good leadership to sustain delivery of goods and service, you can regret losing big time your glory days.”
(Commerce, Trade & Industry Minister Richard Maru awarding a diploma in primary school teachers certificate to a graduand at Enga Teachers College last Friday.)