ACTING Prime Minister Charles Abel has urged students of Cameron Secondary School to stand on good principles in order to achieve better outcomes in their future endeavours.
He said this at the 23rd Grade 12 graduation of Cameron Secondary School – our future human resources of Milne Bay Province.
As we think of all the graduating students throughout the country at this time he acknowledged the people on stage who have provided the consistent leadership since at least 2011 resulting in all the infrastructure development and Cameron consistently producing excellent academic results.
“On behalf of the government, I express my gratitude to outgoing chairman, Kemoa Kaileledi and his board, the headmaster, Edward Malona and staff, and Roy Moore representing the business community, for their undying support to Cameron Secondary School – a true testament to partnership.”
He said the government has always maintained education as a key priority and has steadfastly stood behind the commitment to universal access to primary and secondary education through the Tuition Fee Free policy as a foundation program since 2011.
“Good policies like free education and free health need to continue be fully funded. The investment in the youth of PNG through education is a significant investment in the future,” Mr Abel said.
He acknowledged the concerns with the delayed payments for the second half of this year and explained that all balances due for the third and fourth term would be met.
He said the challenges confronting the government was to continue to facilitate economic growth and improve government processes to grow government revenue and meet the ever growing needs of our people, including improving the quality of education and providing more spaces at the tertiary level.
“Money though can only meet some of our needs but education needs to be holistic and the values we are instilled with are the most important thing,” he said.
“As you continue life after Cameron always remember that you are representing this school, Milne Bay and Papua New Guinea.”
He congratulated the graduating students on their milestone achievement and further urged them to seek inspiration from renowned leaders in the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr, who died fighting for justice, and Papua New Guineans like Granger Narara for example.
He quoted the words of Martin Luther King Jr” “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase just take the first step.”