A group of students from Karkar Island in Madang travelled into Goroka, Eastern Highlands, in search of quality secondary education last week.
They travelled in the open sea from Karkar Island into Madang town before taking a PMV to Kainantu where they spent a night with a policeman relative and his family.
The policeman drove them into Goroka and went straight to the Goroka Career Training Institute (CTI) where they enrolled and registered.
Group leader Pastor Gideon Makakam said they had graduated from Bunsol and Dor primary schools on Karkar Island but there were no other opportunities created for students who dropped out of grade 8 and 12.
“Education is very important in life so we sacrificed to bring these students to give them an opportunity to get secondary and tertiary education,” he said.
Makakam said the two girls and six boys were all from Kaul village. After completing grade 8 there was no opportunity to further their education so they crossed provincial education boundaries to travel to Goroka in search of opportunities.
He said they would invite the director of Goroka CTI Bill Habiri and his wife and manageress Jamila Yurus Habiri to Karkar Island to establish a branch of the insitute.
“When the school is established in Karkar it will create a second option for grade 8 and 12 dropouts to enroll and further their education,” Makakam said.
Habiri welcomed them to the school and assured them that at CTI, they maximised output and let no student to fail because the school’s motto was “Success comes after many failures, leave no one behind”.
Habiri said CTI offered adult matriculation courses to prepare students to enter higher learning institutions including universities.
He said 32 students out of 40 enrolled last year were accepted at universities. The National
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