OPPOSITION LEADER NAROKOBI URGES REVIEW OF UPNG CUTS

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (February 4, 1999 - Post-Courier)---The Government has been called on to review budget cuts to educational institutions and urgently find money to fund them fully.

Opposition Leader Bernard Narokobi made the appeal yesterday, warning of dire consequences for the future of PNG's education system and manpower development.

He said that it was already quite serious that institutions were not opening on time, and when they do, some faculties and departments would have been abolished.

Mr. Narokobi said the decision by the Government to scrap some educational institutions, and subsequently, by universities, to downgrade some courses would have serious repercussions for the future generation.

The lack of trained manpower and its financial implications would be massive, Mr. Narokobi said.

"It's been established worldwide that nations that don't train their manpower will trail in development,'' he said.

"The under-funding of manpower (training) will put our nation many years behind.

"At this point I can't do much but lament the Government's mismanagement.''

Mr. Narokobi suggested that the Government should find concessional loans to keep those educational institutions operating.

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