Minister for Education

Uguro Visit Burnt Down School

On a visit to the school yesterday, Member for Gazelle, Jelta Wong accompanied Minister Uguro to the site where the school was burnt down three weeks ago.

Minister Uguro condemned the actions of those perpetrators in the community in burning down the school building.

He said this is not the solution to any problem and this ill behaviour must stop.

The Minister said communities must take ownership of school infrastructure such as classrooms, teacher’s houses, students, water tanks, power and refrain from burning them down.

“Impose Project Fees But Don’t Overcharge”

Minister Uguro made this clarification in the floor of Parliament after Member for Moresby Northeast John Kaupa raised the issue on charging of project fees. Minister Uguro also warned that ‘those who are caught overcharging fees will be dealt with accordingly. School Principals and teachers if found doing this will be removed from their jobs."

The Minister added that directives were issued to the Teaching Service Commission to conduct investigation into schools illegally over charging project fees to the students.

Protect school property

“Students must learn to take their grievances to the right authority in the school if they are not happy with the school management, instead of taking their frustrations out on school property like classrooms and dormitories,” the Minister said.

Minister Uguro highlighted this after a number of schools and institutions’ facilities, such as classrooms and dormitories, were either allegedly damaged or burned down by students.

National ratings conference to be conducted

The Minister for Education will officially open the conference in a brief ceremony on the evening of Sunday, May 23, at the Gateway Hotel.

The conference is conducted each year to rate the performances of the teaching staff in order to maintain high standards in schools.

This year is the sixth conference and will be attended by officers from School Inspections Division (SID), Teacher Education Division (TED) and Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) Division, Support Staff and Provincial Education Advisors.

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.

SBE curriculum to be reintroduced: Minister

Minister for Education Joseph Yopyyopy confirmed this in Parliament yesterday.

Yopyyopy informed Parliament of changes in the education sector in response to Markham MP Koni Iguan, saying the current Outcome Based Education program only emphasizes the quantity and not the quality of education.

“Education department will be reintroducing the Standard Based Education system, which is Grades 1-6 and Grades 7-12. One of the problem with OBE system was that teachers are not teaching the same courses across the board, which affects students during the examinations.”

Minister queries why murder suspect had multiple identities

In a statement, Minister for Education, Nick Kuman, questioned why the suspect, known as Andy Paro from Hela Province, was posing as a teacher under different names and file numbers.

“I am directing the Department and TSC to conduct a full investigation while I consider an independent team outside the Ministry to also conduct an investigation so that we clean out the mess in our systems and processes,” said the Minister.

Library and Archives play critical role in PNG’s history

Kuman said, following the recent launch of the National Library, Archives and Records Services 10 Year Strategic Plan 2016-2025, library and archives provides a source to store knowledge.

He said this knowledge can be retrieved in the future for education and other use.

Kuman highlighted that in the past, Papua New Guineans basically depended on the memory to remember everything that has happened in the past.

Archive facilities must be centralised, says Minister Kuman

Minister for Education Nick Kuman admitted that the Government has failed miserably in this area.

The National Libraries, Archives Records (NLAR) is one of the three entities under the Ministry of Education and plays an important function in the education system.

Kuman said a lot of statistics available in the country many years ago have not been put together in a centralized place for the use in the future.