PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill will open the new Pai Polytechnical College in Hela Province on 23 March, providing a second chance education for formerly warring tribal youth.
The institution is the first of its kind in Hela and was an initiative of Finance Minister and Tari-Pori MP James Marabe and is built on pai urupuga land, meaning swampy wasteland, which has been transformed into a centre for learning to educate the Hela people.
The swamp of Pai is now a learning institution for youths to become useful members of society instead of living under the influence of tribalism.
It represents the beginning of new era to change from carrying guns and fighting tribal wars to carrying books and pens and fighting to learn. The slogan of the institution could be “lusim gun kisim pen” meaning “throw away your gun and take up the pen.”
The first preference of new students will be given to Tari-Pori people followed by Korobe-Kopiago, Komo-Margarima and other Papua New Guineans. The college will enroll 800 students this year.
Right now about 600 warlord youths are going through rehabilitation before classes kick off. This rehabilitation is training the students to respect each other and follow the school rules.
The college wants to recruit the best teachers of English, mathematics, science, physics, biology, chemistry, social science, history, economics, computer science, agriculture, business studies, home economic and practical skills. All these positions are fully funded by government.
Interested professional and experienced high or secondary school teachers can apply to:
Chief Executive Officer
cc Hon James Marabe MP
P.O. Box 13
Tari Hela Province
You can also deliver applications at Pangale House Tari or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. The district will provide vehicles for pickup and drop-off, accommodation, salary and necessary support services.