PRIMARY school teachers from remote communities throughout the country will benefit from more scholarships provided by the European Union.

So far 250 scholarship students have graduated and the European Union will grant an additional K12 million to this program.

European Union Commissioner for Development  Mr Andris Piebalgs said yesterday that these funds will enable the training of up to 650 primary school teachers out of the estimated 6000 additional qualified primary school teachers required as a result of the introduction of the tuition-free basic education in Papua New Guinea.

The commitment will be finalised during his visit this morning to the Sacred Heart Teacher Training College at Bomana.

"The aim of the scholarships is to improve the quality of education and access to primary schools in remote communities in Papua New Guinea."

Mr Piebalgs said teacher training is just one of the components of the European Union funded Human Resources Development Programme Phase 1.

He said other components of the programe include the building of 84 bedroom dormitories and 6 classrooms in Gaulim,

East New Britain, Madang and Balop Teachers Collages, the development of training materials and capacity strengthening of the Department of Education.

Applications for EU Scholarships will be available in EU office in Port Moresby. 

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