png a rich country in hell: make education a priority
aa Posted Feb 20, 2008 9:06 PM
You higlighted good points above, and they all boil donw to two points for me. Firstly, foreigners are controllingn our economy. They are Australia,the asians and the interoil as you have mentioned. Then there are few other smaller ones. The question now is who owns interoil? USA owns interoil if I am not wrong. Then we talk aobut other major mineral explorations like Freda which currently has an interest from a Switzerland company. You can do google search on any major companies operating in PNG and you go on and on and see who are the major shareholders and who owns them.
The second issued you have raised, and which is always raised in our culture is attitude problem. These foreigners take advantage on our attitude to reap us off. We cannot blame them for taking our money away. We got to rise up and find solutions to end all this suffering for the sake of us and future generations. I am fed up, sick and tired of seeing all these things happen again and again making our poor people suffer.
My suggestion as one of the solution to end all this reaping away of our economy by foreigners is to have FREE EDUCATION for all in our country. I believe efficient and affordable education will solve all this problem in the next 50 years. Who adviced our government few years back to introduce user pay policy for education? That is where we went wrong. Then the other stupid mistake our policy makers did was the reformation they did in education: elementry schools, top up primary schools and the introduction of the many secondary schools throughout the country. The problem is if you have so many schools and secondary schools, then you need money to run them. That is when the government runs out of money to maintain them and introduces the user pay policy to run them. Most of our people do not have enough money to bring at least one child all the way to complete an undergraduate degree. I fell very sorry for our country that in the next 50 years time, there might not be a fair representation of educated PNGian people because of the high costs of the education system.
Can our government sign a deal with all the major foreign companies making money from our natural resources to provide free education for all our schools and universities in PNG. Let this continue for a 50 year deal and let us see what happens. If so, I would not be surprise in 50 years time that we can start making cars, eclectronic equpments, and planes from PNG. I am taling big like shoooting at the stars, but you fellow PNGians can get what I am saying here. Let us see PNG change,and let us make EDUCATION A PRIORITY AND FREE for all PNGians at least for the next 50 years. After 50 years the policy can be reviewed and see if it can be maintained, modified, or uplifted.