Education Secretary

Top 20 schools awarded

The awards were given out by Education Secretary, Dr Uke Kombra, to the principals of the respective schools in Port Moresby.

The secretary’s awards are given out to recognize the students and schools that perform highly during an academic year.

“A few years ago we have decided that we must recognize the students and schools that are performing and are working very hard,” stated Dr Kombra.

“This is the third year running that we are going to recognize the schools that have been working very hard to achieve better results for the students.

Education Dept condemns killing of female officer

News of the brutal killing of Central woman, Grace Gavera, who was an employee of the Education Department, went viral on social media, after she was allegedly beaten to death at Erima on Saturday by her partner.

Dr Kombra said it was unfortunate that the Department is observing the 16 Days of Activism Against ‘Gender Based Violence and Human Rights Campaign’, which runs from November 25 to December 10, when this hideous incident took place.

Reminder for teachers

Students will commence classes a week later on Monday, January 29.

Education Secretary, Dr Uke Kombra, says once the teachers resume duties, they will be required to report to their principal, head teacher or manager to confirm that they have been posted to the school by the National Education Board or the Provincial Education Board.

Dr Kombra urges all teachers and new graduates to remember to complete the Resumption of Duty Summary Sheet or RODSS, and Teacher Record of Appointment and other relevant documents.

67,500 students sit for Gr 10 exam


The exams start today (October 9) to Friday, October 13, 2017.

These students are from 302 high and secondary schools throughout the country.

Out of this number of schools, 170 are high schools with classes up to Grade 10 only.

The students will be sitting for a total of 12 subjects.

Education Secretary Dr Uke Kombra said this examination is very important for the students because they contribute to their final assessments for the year.

​National Book Week to be observed

The NBW is one of the annual events within the Ministry of Education that is organised and coordinated by the Office of the Library and Archives. 

Education Secretary, Dr Uke Kombra, says: “During the NBW, teachers and students of all institutions throughout the country are required to participate in this event actively. This is so that they can promote and celebrate books and reading as important sources of enhancing knowledge acquired during teaching and learning.

Over 29,000 Grade 12 students to sit exam

Education Secretary, Dr. Uke Kombra, has announced that the exam will be held on Monday, 7th August.

“29,433 Grade 12 students who are currently attending 160 secondary and national high schools will sit the Written Expression Exam, which will take three hours.

Gr 12 exam will go ahead: Kombra

Secretary for Education, Dr Uke Kombra, is calling on the newly-elected leaders and authorities in the provinces to support the students by ensuring that the examination is conducted as planned.

Dr Kombra made this call due to his concern that there are still some schools throughout the country that are being affected by election-related activities and issues, resulting in many teachers and students not turning up for classes.

Secretary applauds College on centenary

Dr Uke Kombra accepted an invitation from the College to visit the different displays put on by the staff and students to mark the event, and he was quite impressed with the developments that have taken place.

“I would like to congratulate St Joseph’s International Catholic College on its centenary celebrations and wish them more successful years to come.

“The Department of Education has always valued the strong partnership we have with the Catholic Church which runs many of our schools and institutions in the country.”

Gr 10 Written Expression examination this week

Education Secretary Dr. Uke Kombra said 69,000 Grade 10 students are expected to sit the exam in 301 provincial high schools and secondary schools nationwide.

Provincial education advisers, provincial examination supervisors, senior secondary schools’ standards officers, guidance officers, principals and head teachers have been urged to be vigilant and security conscious of the confidentiality of the examination paper.

“This is to avoid any form of malpractice that may compromise the examination results,” stated the Secretary.

​Education Secretary condemns burning of dormitory

The 70 male students who were in class when the dormitory burnt down lost all their personal belongings. The fire, which was aided by strong winds, engulfed the building, leaving the students with no chance to rescue their belongings as it burnt down very quickly.

The extreme heat had also affected the nearby dormitory housing 80 other male students, which is now uninhabitable. Students from both dormitories are now accommodated temporarily at the Yumi Yet properties at Gerehu, which is costing the College K70,000.