No child should be denied education: PM

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill made the point when visiting Ialibu in Southern Highlands on Sunday, which was where he attended high school.

“I have personal experience of how hard life is for families when education is not free,” the Prime Minister said to a large gathering in Ialibu.

“I went to school here in Ialibu, and I know how difficult it was for my mother to find money for school.

Construction of Western Pacific Uni to start this month

The university will be built in Ialibu, Southern Highlands Province, on 75 hectares of land.

WPU project chairperson Fr Jan Czuba confirmed that they have negotiated with the landowners to acquire the 75 hectares of land.

19 hectares of land was secured last year from land owners of Ialibu at the cost of K15 million.

Last year, the Pekai-Aluwe tribe, landowners of Topopugl village of Ialibu, were paid K7.5 million, signifying the approval to use their land to build the university.

Government to maintain major policies: O'Neill

He said major policies on education, health, infrastructure, law and order and economic development undertaken by the present Government are driving the nation forward. 

O’Neill added that Free Education being the top priority has enabled thousands of children to enrol in schools as ever experienced before and has relieved school fee burdens many parents have faced.

“Every children in this country deserves a better education to make a sound living in the future and it is this Government that is making it happen."