20 Nov 2013

PNG National Council of Women welcomes planned compulsory youth training

4:38 pm on 20 November 2013

The Papua New Guinea National Council of Women is welcoming the government's decision to have compulsory military training for school leavers.

The prime minister, Peter O'Neill, says school leavers, who cannot find a place in university, will have to undergo compulsory skills and military training under its National Youth Service.

The government plans to implement the service in 2015.

The president of the National Council of Women, Scholla Kakas, says this kind of training is necessary for PNG youth.

"It's not only about skills training but it is also about discipline. There is strict discipline in the defence force, and we would like our young people to have that discipline. Gender based violence is very high in Papua New Guinea, so it is good, we welcome the idea of our Prime Minister, that is what we need in our country so that at least it can change the mind-set of our young people."

The president of the PNG National Council of Women, Scholla Kakas.