PAPUA New Guinea’s prime minister Peter O’Neill has expressed confidence that he will return to power and form a new government after this year’s national elections.
Speaking at a ceremony committing a further K500,000 in funding to the new Apenda Provincial High School in his Ialibu-Pangia electorate, Mr O’Neill said his government will continue its free education and health care policies – even as the policies are creaking at the seams.
“The People’s National Congress Party-led government is fully committed to our tuition fee free education policy and to building education from the grass-roots up,” he said.
“Our government will continue to invest in education through all provinces in the country. Free education, alongside universal healthcare, will continue after the 2017 national elections as we are confident we will be returned to form government in August.
“People campaigning against our government want to get rid of free education and get rid of free healthcare and this will only hurt our people. Education and healthcare should not be used to play politics like our opponents are trying.
“I want to warn you, the people of our nation, that the first thing a different government will do after the 2017 national election is to make you pay for schooling. A different government will abandon tuition fee free education and this will place the burden back on every family in our country.
“If our opponents have their way, free education will be gone and our children will not have a bright future.”
Mr O’Neill commended the people and community leaders of the Ialibu-Pangia District for investing in education to build and maintain schools in the district
He committed another K500,000 for the new Apenda Provincial High School. The Southern Highlands Provincial Government also made counterpart funding of K600,000.
Source: PNG Loop