Degree program for teachers colleges

The Holy Trinity Teachers College (HTTC) in Mt Hagen was the first to take on board the bachelor in education in primary teaching in 2014.

This will give teachers an opportunity to apply for the degree program at colleges in the respective provinces.

Representatives from four teacher colleges in the Highlands – Enga, Nipa (in Southern Highlands), Nazarene (in Jiwaka) and Chimbu – attended a one-day meeting last month (August 23) with the management of the Holy Trinity Teachers College to share ideas, views and experiences on how to introduce the degree program next year.


A calling back to the provinces

Many of these 2018 graduates have since returned to their home villages to fill the critical shortage of teachers in remote areas.

“Most teachers don’t like to go to the rural remote schools in New Ireland Province,” recent graduate Nelly Barry said. “So after completing my studies here I will go and teach there.”

Fellow student Molly Maim agreed that a lack of teachers was the the biggest challenge to education in his village in Western Province. “Teachers don’t go back to the villages.”


Teachers to access payslips online

Minister for Education, Joseph Yopyyopy, has recently launched the new application called “MyPAYSLIP”.

The launching of the web application took place at the PNG Education Institute Hall in the National Capital District.

When launching the web application, Education Minister Yopyyopy said the Department of Education in collaboration with the Finance Department has improved access to payslips for teachers and education officers with the development of a web based application to produce teachers and education public servants’ payslips.

Teachers reminded on code of ethics

Kambaki stated this following the induction of 24 professional stage primary school teachers who passed out in 2018.

She said the teaching profession deals with the first stages of a child’s life and it is important that teachers are well aware of their code of ethics and professionalism.

The 24 yet-to-register teachers were taken through the importance of being in a position of trust.

Kambaki said one major concern is teacher-student affairs.

Call for probe into teachers’ fares

Locke teachers deserve respect and must be compensated well with all their entitlements, including disadvantage, multiple class, boarding and housing allowances.

Being a former teacher, Locke said the decision made by Madang teachers not to resume classes at the start of this school year must not be taken lightly by the Provincial Administration.

“This is a chronic problem faced by teachers every year in Madang. Such issues are a result of poor financial management and incompetency.”

Teachers’ NID registration underway

Registration for teachers in NCD begun on December 24, 2018, and will end at the end of March.

The exercise is underway at the Papua New Guinea Education Institute (PNGEI) Hall.

Teachers in the Central Province who are on holidays in the NCD are now asked to make their way to the PNGEI Hall to start registering. The rollout to the rest of the country is expected in the coming weeks as the preparations are in progress to send the mobile registration teams out.

Teachers threaten to boycott academic year

Over 300 teachers have threatened to boycott the 2019 academic year over their 2018 leave entitlements.

The frustrated teachers say they have faced leave fare entitlement issues every year, and are now making a stand.

A spokesman from the group told this newsroom up to 2,500 students in the province may be affected from over 900 schools.

The spokesman said only 100 teachers have received their leave entitlements while over 300 are yet to get theirs.

Confrontation between teachers, guards

Over 200 teachers and concerned family members turned up to enquire after outstanding payments and other issues but instead, an altercation ensued.

Kevin Nero was involved in this morning’s scuffle near the National Library.

Three different issues had prompted his visit to Fincorp Haus. His younger brother has been teaching without any form of payment for four years now, whilst his sister, who is teaching in a remote primary school located between Wewak and Aitape, is yet to have her primary account sorted out.

Nero’s daughter is also having the same issue.

64 teachers graduate in early childhood teaching

Coming from schools as close as Nine-Mile settlement in the Nation’s Capital to as remote as Urulau Village in the Gulf Province and Aroma in Central, the teachers proudly spoke of the knowledge and skills received from the training program.

“I’m very thankful for this teacher training program as it has given me and my teachers renewed hope for our children, enabling us to give quality education to these children,” said Mrs. Maira Dibura from Taurama Children of Light CLC.

Too many loans from teachers affect pay, says Kuman

He made this remarks today in Parliament, while answering questions raised by Governor for Simbu, Michael Dua.

Mr Dua put the question regarding teachers’ pay cut, to the Minister responsible.

He asked the Minister for Education, Nick Kuman to simply explain why many teachers were faced with hefty pay cuts only recently.

“Many of our teachers have been experiencing pay-cuts and could not provide for their families.

“Teachers are the backbone of our nation and must be given prominence rather than cutting their pay.”