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More reforms expected in education system

A key component of this system is the Standards Based Curriculum clearly sets out benchmarks to determine whether or not the child can progress to the next grade, define teaching content according to students’ needs and introduction of new compulsory subjects.

The nationwide Standards Based Curriculum cluster rollout training was launched last week in Port Moresby, and will see 35,000 primary school teachers trained to implement it.

The Standards Based Curriculum is one of 6 main components that make up the SBE system.

Science fair attracts over 100 students

The experiments and demonstrations were part of the biology, chemistry, physics, maths and general science subjects taught at the private school.

“We pride our teaching according to data we collect on students. That way we can guide students to take up career paths according to their strengths,” said David Robert, the school’s chemistry teacher.

“All of these work in the science fair is to showcase everyday applications developed in the various subjects of science we teach.”

UOG receives students’ petition

The petition was for the school’s administration to address pressing issues on campus. 

In a statement, Chancellor Joseph Sukwianomb acknowledged the receipt of an official letter dated 13th of April.

He stated that he also appreciated the manner in which the petition was presented; through a professional and formal request.

The chancellor understood the context and content of the issue and challenges that students have rightfully presented and he is working cooperatively and in consultation with the team to address these challenges.

20 female trainees graduate at LTI

Among the 64 graduates were 7 Solomon Islands students as well.

LTI Director, Mrs Pauline Mogish, says initially there were to be 73 graduands but the remaining 9 are yet to complete their training.

The graduates will be admitted to the bar this Friday.

DHERST responds to UPNG students’ concerns

The additional fees are to compensate for the outstanding payments for Tertiary Education Student Assistance Scheme (TESAS) scholarships for semester 2 of 2017.

Students took to social media to air their grievances regarding the UPNG administration’s decision for students and their parents to foot 50 percent of the 2017 outstanding payments for TESAS scholarship. This is on top of the 2018 compulsory tuition and lodging and accommodation fees.

Students reached out to this newsroom outlining the 2018 registration process.

Free medical checks for students

The checks will be conducted by doctors who are members of the PNG Emergency Medicine fraternity attached to Emergency Departments, in particular at the Port Moresby General and Gerehu hospitals in Port Moresby.

The free medical checks are also applicable to Angau, Modilon, Mt. Hagen and Popondetta hospitals where other specialists are based and located.

Chief - Emergency Medicine, Sam Yockopua, says this is their community service to the support received from the community.

Students sent home

Its effects were surely felt today  in the nation's capital and parts of Central Province when schools were forced to send their students back home due to the continuous downpour and cold weather.

However, what's more concerning is the project fee.

While the government has issued another warning to schools not to charge project fees, parents and teachers know too well that schools need it.

At one of the city’s biggest primary schools, Wardstrip Demonstration, concerns relating to project fees were the main query raised by parents.

Teacher raises concern for students concentration

Charlie is the principal of Ted Diro Primary, one of NCD’s best performing school.

Sadly, this year, the school saw only half of its grade 8 students making it through to grade 9.

Charlie says this was not the case in previous years.

And while she blames this on teacher absenteeism and the development of students from stage to stage, she adds that many students this year were average and below average.

The poor grades, she says is because of lack of concentration by students.

Students’ ticketing process to be improved

Secretary of the Department of Higher Education, Fr Jan Czuba, says currently the Department purchases tickets for all TESAS students however, this process causes delays in students’ travels, further holding up the enrolment process for the students and institutions.

The tertiary institutions will receive money from the Higher Education Department to purchase their students’ tickets once they confirm their lists by early January, Fr Jan explained.

This is so the students can travel to school on time for registration and enrolment.

UPNG Council confirms hike in fees

According to the UPNG Council, the decision was reached in light of the decrease in the annual budget provided by the Government and the increase in the annual costs of essential utilities to maintain the continued operations of the University’s teaching and learning activities.

The council said the increase also reflects the Consumer Price Index adjustment, which will affect both new and continuing undergraduate students.

They further clarified that the tuition fee increase does not apply to international students who enrol at UPNG for their studies.