PNG Education

Commission will tackle teachers’ issues: Sori

This was the promise from TSC chairman Baran Sori in his 2017 back to school message to teachers.

“The Commission does not have money in the 2017 Budget Appropriation to address these issues, but lack of budget support will not prevent the Commission from carrying its legislative roles and responsibilities to ensure members of the Teaching Service continue to provide education to the children of PNG,” stated Sori.

Firm supports top performers

“We believe that education is the cornerstone to Papua New Guinea’s future and we will continue to help PNG secure its future, through education,” said ExxonMobil PNG’s community development support manager, Sisa Kini.

“The children are the future and they have a critical role to play in the long term economic and social development of Papua New Guinea. There is no better place and time to start than in school,” said Ms Kini.

She congratulated the top performing students and everyone else who graduated on their accomplishments.

Maru: We must teach English in our schools

Maru who is also the Trade, Commerce and Industry Minister made this comment at Yangoru Station to school students from East Yangoru LLG last week.

The schools commemorated the country’s 41st Independence anniversary with sporting competitions of volleyball and soccer.               

“There must be no language spoken in schools.

“Students you are future of the nation, why is East Sepik Province falling behind other provinces in the country in the last 30 years in academic results,” Maru said.

Govt mismanagement affect students

Opposition Leader Don Polye said the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and his government’s move to cut the quota for tertiary student sponsorships and intakes speaks volumes of the country’s

economic situation.

“The government has increased the Grade Point Average (GPA) for students because they could not be able to afford the scholarships under AES and HECAS due to the economic problems,” said Polye.

He has likened this as a “work of another Robert Mugabe or Julius Caesar in PNG.”

Education report recommendations yet to be implemented

The findings of the Parliamentary Referral Committee on Education were presented in a Report to Parliament on August 26, 2014 by Wabag MP Robert Ganim and approved by Parliament. 

It said every year teachers raised concerns over non-payment and underpayment of salaries, allowances and experienced  lengthy delays in the payment of entitlements.

The recommendations are:

1. That immediate reviews be conducted into the DoE and the TSC.