FODE

Lae Teachers Threatened

Staff at Lae’s Flexible Open and Distance Education office are being threatened by frustrated former students and their parents.

Students who graduated from the Lae Community College since 2018 are yet to receive their Grade 10 and 12 certificates.

Head teacher, Cephas Malum, said despite their numerous emails, calls and visits to the Flexible Open and Distance Education headquarters at Waigani, the certificates of students from 2018 to 2021 are yet to be sent to Lae.

Building A Stronger, Smarter Community

The students were accepted into a University where they will be studying for their Bachelor’s Degree in Education.

Simberi’s Flexible Distance & Open Education (FODE) Coordinator, Patrick Nesen said the students have become role models to other youths on the island.

Ruthlyne Noah and Emmanuel Kivung both passed their grade 12 exams and will study at the Divine Word University (DWU) campus in Rabaul.

Everyday People PNG: Noelyn Wati

The loss of his father, Noelyn’s eldest son lost hope in his studies, and no matter how much she tried to encourage him to pursue education, she felt it better to do the walk, than talk.

Through the Seventh Day Adventist community-based program, Noelyn took up short courses and in 2018 volunteered to teach at the Bisiatabu Primary School in Sogeri.

Noelyn said the short courses she did, helped her understand basics of teaching elementary students and it was a joy to see them learn and grow, giving her the confidence to build and grow in this profession.