Education

Minister calls for extra classes for students

“Schools must prepare the students well before the examinations in two weeks’ time,” stated Minister Joseph Yopyyopy.

“Directions were issued for schools to return to normal on 9 June 2020. Consequently, the Secretary issued administrative instructions to all schools under the National Education System on the resumption of classes, revised term dates and national examination dates.

“This meant that all programmed and timetabled teaching and learning activities per day and per week were to have been covered every week from Monday to Friday starting on June 9.

Central province prioritizes quality Education

     

He took the opportunity to talk about his government’s objectives during the recent launch of the ALESCO payroll system for the Central Province Education at the provincial headquarters in Konedobu on Friday 26th June, 2020.

Since he took office in August 2017, Governor Agarobe has put together interventions to use limited resources to embrace and complement shift in national education policies. He says this is to achieve optimum impact.

Education dept to address overcrowding

With schools to resume next week on the 4th of May, Education Minister Joseph Yopyyopy says his office is still looking into possibilities of safe teaching.

He said schools can have two classes per day with one batch to start from 8 – 1 o’clock and the other from 2 o’clock till the end of the day.

“This is what we face in the urban schools, schools in Port Moresby, Lae, Rabaul, Mt. Hagen. Those main centers that you have overcrowding of students in one class, we are working on that.

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.

PM speaks of quality education

However, with free education, one must speak about the quality of education for those children who are in school.

These were the remarks of Prime Minister James Marape when addressing the nation recently.

He admitted that challenges as a nation in the education sector remain.

He further said: “When providing healthcare to the 8 million citizens of this country, we must not just talk about basic health care but specialist health care, where basic healthcare also entails the quality aspect.

Gazelle electorate prioritises education

This year, a K250,000 subsidy was set aside by the local Gazelle MP and Police Minister Jelta Wong for tertiary students around the country.

However, payments to the various selected institutions have been delayed this year due to the rollout of the Government’s new accounting system - the Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS), which promotes transparency and accountability.

New textbooks, teachers’ manuals developed

This is possible under the Quality for Improving Science and Mathematics Education Project.

These textbooks are developed in line with the country’s new Standards-Based Curriculum and apply the concept of problem solving approach and enhancing students’ critical thinking to enable them to discover ideas by themselves.

These new textbooks and teachers’ manuals are expected to be distributed to all schools across the country in 2020.

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.”

Teachers celebrate day

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 Minister clarifies teachers' 'pay-cut' claims

He explained that it is a stop to the lump sum which was back-dated to January last year,  following the 3 percent pay rise, effective June 20, which was pay 13.

The country’s 65,000 teachers received a 3 percent pay rise, effective June 20 this year, which was Pay number 13.

Minister Kuman reiterated that the teachers had been paid lump sum backdated to January 1, 2017, however, last fortnight, September 26, some teachers had their pay cut, up to K200.

He further explained that this was not a pay cut but the lump sum, coming to an end.