Fr Jan Czuba reinstated as Acting Secretary

Minister responsible, Don Polye said he had implemented the National Court decision to reinstate Fr Czuba as the secretary until his contract has expired and his acting appointment is confirmed.
The National Executive Council through its decision number 116/2023 has appointed Fr Czuba and was gazette as Gazette No.G365.

Polye said he has met with management of DHERST and have formally announced the appointment of Fr Jan; and have been urged to abide by the Court orders and NEC decisions at all times.

NFA and researchers in tuna survey

This study is aimed at collecting valuable information on how tuna fishing and processing, ranging from small-scale informal activities to large corporations, contribute to various aspects of sustainable development in local communities.

As part of this effort, the survey is currently being conducted in Wewak, with data being collected from various sources within the community. 

NRI farewells Dr Hukula

Dr Hukula joined the Think Tank as a project officer in 1998, working her way up to become senior research fellow and program leader for the ‘Building Safer Communities Research Program’ and Co-Program Leader for the  ‘Gender in PNG Research Program’.

She was also involved with other government organisations in Law and Justice, and was Deputy Chairperson of the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission.

Researchers to look at Pacific genetic link to gout, diabetes

Both diseases and other metabolic disorders are rife in the Pacific.

A team of researchers from the University of Otago has been granted the money by New Zealand's Marsden Fund Council.

One of the principal researchers, Anna Gosling, said through the work Professor Tony Merriman has already done with Maori and Pasifika in New Zealand, they thought there was a genetic link.

Throughout the Pacific, where there are high rates of these diseases, people had a shared ancestry, Dr Gosling said.

2019 higher education selection list out

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The Department has reminded citizens that the national selection is administered online through a highly transparent and accountable system – the National Online Selection System (NOSS).

Calls to uphold quality education

The Minister made reference to the recent court-case with IBS as an example of the upholding of the education system.

He says that his department is calling on all intuitions to follow suit and ensure that they have proper accreditation.

The Minister made references to the Higher Education General Provisions Act of 2014 which captures steps that institutions can take to ensure that they are registered and recognized.

Universities given permission to increase tuition fees

These increments were subjected to scrutiny by the Higher Education Department late last year and implementation were pending discussions between DHERST and the universities.

The universities were granted permission to impose the new school fee structure after their justifications were viewed genuine.

Fr Jan explained the increase in school fees is caused by the increase in the price of food, electricity and overall standard of living.

Sorcery study: More males reported killed

This finding, from a researched conducted over 20 years, was presented yesterday during a public forum at the National Museum and Art Gallery in Port Moresby.

Researchers Dr Fiona Hukula (National Research Institute) and Dr Miranda Forsyth (Australian National University) pointed out that in the majority of reported incidents, there were multiple victims and extreme violence was often involved.

But females and males were often harmed differently, with females more likely to be burnt and be raped.

Findings on sorcery-related violence released

The study started in November 2016 and will run for the next three years, with 2017 being the first year of the release of findings.

Funded by the Papua New Guinean-Australia Partnership, the research is a partnership between academics at the Divine Word University (DWU), The National Research Institute (NRI) in PNG and the Australian National University (ANU).

A forum held today at the National Museum and Art Gallery in Port Moresby was informed of the Sorcery National Action Plan (SNAP).

New online selection process commended

Secretary Ninigi says that they aim to improve transparency, accountability, and most importantly increase the probability of capable and eligible school leavers

He encouraged all higher education institutions and important stakeholders to work as a team to prepare for the upcoming National Selections.

Meantime, Ninigi also commended the Secretary and his staff for this milestone initiative.

He adds that this initiative will change the face of National Selections of Grade 12 school leavers into our tertiary institutions in the country.