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Violence ‘clearly connected’ with LNG frustrations

For the past three years, there have been a series of incidents of violence, sabotage and kidnapping that are clearly connected with frustrations and discontent about the LNG project.

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Lupari calls for unity among education staff

Lupari made this call after meeting with the Department of Education’s senior management as well as the inter-departmental steering committee on the Tuition Fee Free Policy recently.

Lupari said education is one of the top priorities of the Government and it has to be held at the highest level.

When addressing the senior management and the members of the steering committee on TFF, Lupari stressed the importance of making sure that quality education opportunity is accessed by children in the rural settings as well.

Need for education engagement with NZ

This was emphasized by the Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Richard Maru this week.

The minister made this remarks sighting the government of PNG’s medium term development plan 3 in the horizon, and the near conclusion of the PNG- New Zealand Joint Commitment for Development at the end of 2018.

He stressed that this was necessary to get the best value of support that is strategically building on the comparative strengths of New Zealand in the area of education.

The benefits of education savings

Member Services & Branch Support Manager, Robert Thadeus, said the Education Savings Account will serve its purpose to meet education expenses only if supporting documents are provided with the application. 
 
“Most parents and guardians lodging applications for Education Savings Withdrawal do not attach supporting documents like school fee invoice, deposit slips, confirmation letter from school accepting child or invoice/quote from stationery supplier,” Thadeus said. 
 

Govt owes schools K97m: Minister

Minister for Education Nick Kuman told Parliament yesterday that the funds were for the last quarter of last year.

However, Minister Kuman said for the first quarter of this year, the government had already paid K100 million with K50m yet to be paid.

Kuman was responding to Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu during question time on when the Government would release TFF for Morobe schools totaling K6 million.

He said the Government is doing its best to catch up with the first quarter of this year by paying all the school TFF funds.

Human resource an issue for remote village

For Pukari, a remote community in Gulf Province, human resource is an issue.

The blame may fall back to Pukari Primary School, but there are many other external contributing factors.

Shedding light and expressing concern was the current headmaster Erevai Toere.

The school has 297 students from grades 3 to 8. There are 80 students in each class, and only 6 teachers to cater for them.

On average, less than 10 students pass on to do Grade 9, either at the Kerema Coronation Secondary School or Malalaua High School.

Maprik initiates partnership with unis

This initiative follows agreements by the university and district to offer selected courses in the resource centre in Maprik, East Sepik Province.

District CEO Joshua Himina said he is pleased with this initiative and for the University of Goroka to be the first to come through is a stepping stone not only for the district but throughout the provinces.

Students are eager to learn and or further their education however, the absence of facilities makes it difficult for them.

More foreign teachers will be recruited: O’Neill

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has confirmed that the first lot of teachers have already arrived.

O’Neill made the announcement after being questioned by East Sepik Governor Allan Bird about the drop in the quality of education in the country.

The PM said maths and science are lacking in the number of teachers that are graduating out of colleges.

He stated the fault partly lies with Goroka Teachers College being converted into a university and not focusing on its role as teacher training institution.

Meeting parents halfway with school fees

Governor Allan Bird said the provincial government will commit K1 million out of the Provincial Services Improvement Program fund, and another million from the province's internal revenue to implement the policy in the initial stages, with long term plans to increase internal revenue to fully fund the implementation of this policy.

Governor Bird said the provincial government will be fair when funding the subsidy.

Specific requirements in the policy will include supporting a maximum of two children per family.

2018 academic year countdown begins

As of today, students have about 3 weeks before they resume classes.

Monday, January 29th, is the date confirmed for Term 1 to begin.

This resumption date applies to all primary, secondary and vocational schools nationwide.

According to the Education Department’s draft calendar, Term 1 will comprise of 10 schooling weeks.

The Department of Education urges all principals and vocational centre managers to ensure that all teachers commence full teaching on that day.

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