Joseph Yopyyopy

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.

Education functions transferred to NCDC

Minister Yopyyopy was a proud man delivering the fruits of what he had initiated a few years back when he was the Manager for education under the National Capital District.

“Today’s event closes the chapter in the decentralization of powers and functions in education to all provinces in Papua New Guinea.

This decision is based on the organic law on provincial and local level governments where all provinces, all provincial education division must directly come under provincial government,” he said.

NCD schools advised to resume on Aug 17

Education Minister, Joseph Yopyyopy, said after consultations with the government yesterday (Monday, August 10), the Department has been directed to advise all schools in NCD and Central to open for normal classes on August 17 and not Thursday, August 13, as previously instructed by the Controller.

“The two days will give schools and parents ample time to prepare for the resumption next week,” he stated.

“Teachers are advised to give more teaching and learning time to core subjects or subjects that will be examined.

Digital Apps for Education

My Leave Fare App and My Task Management App were launched at the PNG Education Institute’s Curriculum Development Division, by the Minister for Education, Joseph Yopyyopy this week. 

This Application will assist the department to manage leave fares for public servants within the departments and teachers in the field including teaching staff at Teachers Colleges.

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.

Schools to recover lost hours

The Ministry of Education has issued instructions to schools to recover the lost instruction hours and to continue in this 2020 academic year.

Minister for Education Joseph Yopyyopy has issued directives to all teachers from elementary to Secondary schools to resume on the 27th of April to prepare for the resumption of classes on the 4th of May.

Term 2 classes will start on the 4th of May and will end on the 10th of July.  Term 3 will start as per the Education Calendar which is on the 20th of August.

Resumption of classes depends on situation: Minister

Education Minister, Joseph Yopyyopy, says this means the 2020 academic year is affected by four weeks.

“Furthermore, this resumption date is subject to the status of the COVID-19 situation over the next two weeks,” Yopyyopy said in his ministerial policy statement (3/2020).

“The Education Department will revise and advise parents and authorities of new term dates, holidays and other critical events like examinations.

No more elementary schools: Minister

The Education Department has launched and implemented the policy on early childhood education system that replaces the elementary school system.

The facilities of the elementary schools in various communities in the country will be converted into early childhood education.

“Because of the changes that are happening in the 6-6-6 school structure, there will no longer be elementary schools,” explained Minister Yopyyopy.

Aust scholarship program for PNG students

This program will enable students from PNG to build lifelong connections with Australia and help develop their skills to contribute fully to PNG’s development, thereby enhancing its sustainable economic growth.

As currently designed, the program will support PNG students to obtain a senior school certificate and possibly an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank if desired. The first cohort of students will commence in year 10 in Australia in July 2020.

Education dept told to solve teachers’ leave fare issue

Central Governor Robert Agarobe, during question without notice, directed his query to the Education Minister, Joseph Yopyyopy, when parliament session began in Port Moresby on November 26th.

“Apart from all other public servants, not only teachers in Central Province but throughout the country have done well in their teaching services but their leave entitlements were not given on time,” he said.

In 2018, the governor gave an approved amount of K450,000 to Central Provincial education department as the department was unable to cater for the fares.