Thousands of teachers around country celebrated their day today and the PNG Education Institute was no exception.
Student teachers attending the PNG Education Institute together with their lecturers celebrated International Teachers Day under the banner: “The right to Quality Education means the Right to a Quality Teacher.”
The theme commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 and serves as a reminder that the right to education cannot be realized without trained and qualified teachers.
“Education is the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes so a teacher must be well versed with these traits to be qualified to teach” elaborated Timothy Damole, PNGEI’s Administration Deputy Director.
The International Teacher’s Day also encourages everyone to help by celebrating the profession, generating awareness about teacher issues and by ensuring that teacher respect is part of the natural order of things.
“Poor working and living conditions retards the progress of teacher’s performing to the expected standard” said Mr Damole.
Mr Damole further stated the government must inject more money into education sector primarily to improve the working and living conditions of teachers.