BY ALFRED PAGEPITU
WESTERN Provincial government intends to progress its education sector by providing accessible education and learning facilities for its young people in Western Province.
Hon Isaac Vula Tatapu, MPA for Ward three, Simbo and Provincial Minister for Trade, Commerce and Investment echoed this during the graduation ceremony of the St. Peter Urban Training Center in Gizo.
Tatapu said under its proposed policy statement 2018-2022 via its education portfolio, key goals include among others, ascertaining and reporting on the issues of school drop outs and its impacts on the communities.
Hon Tatapu said St. Peters establishment in the province is a fulfillment of a part of that policy.
“As a stakeholder you are helping us to fill a void which addresses access to quality education which is also provided at our very doorsteps”, Tatapu said.
He said, WPG also aims to formulate an ordinance to establish a ‘Western Solomon Polytech Institute to address the technical training needs of emerging industries such as tourism, fisheries, agriculture, forestry, mining, accounting etc.
“The view here is that often what is taught in schools and colleges do not harmonize with some of the specific skill sets and requirements of some of these emerging industries hence the vision is to provide an avenue whereby such skill sets can be identifies and provided to cater for the overall development aspirations of Western Province,” said Tatapu.
He said that with these policy goals and objective however, one thing is clear. WPG understands that it cannot achieve these aspirations on its own. It needs the support and close cooperation of its relevant stakeholders to realize these goals.