The enrollment rate of Solomon Islands students studying at tertiary level of education is very low compared to other Pacific Islands neighbouring countries.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare highlighted this in his speech to thousands of graduands and guests that attended Solomon Islands National University’s (SINU) second graduation ceremony, Friday.
“In fact, when compared to some of our country neighbours, the enrolment rate of Solomon Islands students studying at university or in tertiary studies is a low two percent,” Sogavare said.
“So quite clearly, the need for this country to have highly trained and skillfully equipped people with University or Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) qualifications is central,” Sogavare added.
He further stated that he cannot emphasize enough the need to invest hugely in the tertiary education sector and his Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government will support the plans for the Tertiary Education Sector prepared by the Ministry of Education.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister says as a critical part of the planned changes, the Education Act 1978 has been reviewed and ready to be tabled in Parliament sometimes this year.
By RONALD TOITO’ONA