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2018 Academic Year Commences

PRESS STATEMENT

RESUMPTION OF 2018 ACADEMIC YEAR

The Secretary for Education, Dr. Uke Kombra, has announced that the 2018 academic year begins on Monday, 22nd January, 2018 for teachers of all institutions that are administered under the National Education System, while the students will start their classes a week later on Monday 29th January, 2018.

Once the teachers resume duties, they will be required to report to their Principal, Head Teacher or Manager to confirm that they have been posted to the school by NEB or PEB.
All teachers and new graduates must also complete the Resumption of Duty Summary Sheet (RODSS) and Teacher Record of Appointment (TRoA) and other relevant documents. The RODSS form is vital because it determines continuity of the teachers’ salary payment in 2018 and for new graduates to be placed on the payroll. It is also crucial that all forms must be filled in correctly, and signed off.

Dr. Kombra said vital documents, such as RODSS, TRoA and Application of Registration of Employment (EDB020) have been dispatched to the Provincial Education Offices in November, 2017 for the purpose of the 2018 teachers’ resumption exercise.

The provincial authorities are urged to ensure that new graduates from the Teachers’ Colleges and Universities fill in the RODSS and Teacher Record of Appointment (TRoA) in their schools, including other necessary documents that are required of them, and forward them to the Department of Education Payroll Division in order for their names to be entered on the payroll, and for their salaries to be paid on time.

“On the date when classes will start, the students must begin with their lessons and teachers are present to teach programed lessons. The students must not be seen to be engaged in cleaning and cutting grass near the classrooms on the start of classes,” warned Dr. Kombra.

Meanwhile, the Secretary has called on all the heads of all the institutions and governing bodies to ensure that the school year begins smoothly for their teachers and students.

DR. UKE KOMBRA, PhD
Secretary for Education

 

2018 Education Calender :

http://www.education.gov.pg/calendar/png-doe-calendar-2018.pdf

 

 

 

Pukpuks off to Sydney Sevens

By: Troy Taule

The PNG Pukpuks are off to Australia for the HSBC Sydney Sevens.

Speaking before their departure today, coach, Dougie Guise said the team has been in training over the last 18 months.

“Preparations have been really good especially in the last couple of weeks with the inclusion of the boys from the outside provinces.

“We’ve picked up a bit of momentum and all looking forward to the challenge over the next couple of weekends.

He said the team for the Sydney Sevens will be captained by Henry Kalua.

There are 16 countries that will taking part in the tournament. The Pukpuks are in Pool C with South Africa, England and Spain.

Guise ended by thanking sponsors including Air Niugini, Total Waste Management and Melanesian Trustee Services Limited.

The men’s tournament will run from January 26-28.

The HSBC Sydney Sevens will be played live on TVWAN.

 

Source: http://www.looppng.com/sport/pukpuks-sydney-sevens-72586

Treasurer meets with Nambawan Super

Press Release

The Acting Prime Minister and Treasurer, Charles Abel, has met with the Nambawan Superannuation management to resolve the outstanding contributions state owes to its members.

Abel stated that the recent National Court decision on the liability to Nambawan Superannuation Fund is part of the debt that accrued before 2009 from unfunded state superannuation contribution for public servants.

“The Government has been paying all fortnightly contribution since then and gradually paying down the inherited debt through budget appropriations such as the K150 million in this year’s budget,” he said.

In a meeting with Nambawan Super CEO Paul Sayer and management, a resolution was reached to clear all the entitlements for exiting public servants up to the end of 2017.

Abel said the state would work closely with NSL to ensure its obligations in making payment to public servants are met so that those who have served the country for many years can enjoy their retirement with dignity.

“I want to thank the management and Board of Nambawan Super who have been doing a tremendous job and especially our public servants for their patience.”

 

 

Source: http://www.looppng.com/business/treasurer-meets-nambawan-super-72498

MP pledges to support CS

Correctional Services officers have been reminded to put value and purpose to their responsibilities.

Correctional Services Minister Roy Biyama gave the reminder when he pledged his support for the department and its challenges for the new year.

Mr Biyama urged members of the Correctional Services to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities and that the road ahead for them will see many challenges.

“I am looking forward to working together with you to really put value and purpose to our responsibilities as correctional servicemen and women serving with dignity,” Mr Biyama said.

“I am not saying this is going to be easy, but let me stress here that through the hardship and struggles, valuable lessons and experiences can be learnt.”

The CS Minister made these remarks during the CS Remembrance Day memorial service yesterday in Port Moresby to honor CS officers who were killed in the line of duty.

 

Source: https://postcourier.com.pg/mp-pledges-support-cs/

Project completion set for August

 
BY MIRIAM ZARRIGA
 
The new-look K70 million Butuka Secondary School on the Sabama-Pari Road in Moresby South will be completed before August.
 
This was the assurance given by contractor China Construction Steel Structure Corporation Ltd to Moresby South MP Justin Tkatchenko who visited the school yesterday afternoon.
 
In 77 days, signs are emerging of all structural posts going up for the classrooms, multi-purpose hall and 12 new teachers’ apartments.
 
“They have done well and for it to be done in 77 days should be applauded, when we walked in for the first time, the school buildings were old and falling apart.
 
“Look at what the children of Moresby South will be getting this year?” Mr Tkatchenko said.
 
“A new state-of-the-art school which we will not have to pay for anything, and I want to make that clear that the school is a gift from the city of Shenzhen in China to NCD, I am lucky they selected my electorate for the school.”
 
The school will feature 10 elementary classrooms, a two-storey 26 classrooms for the primary school students and a two-storey 16 classrooms for the secondary
school students.
 
The project comes with a multipurpose 1000-seat hall which could be used as an auditorium, courts or for other
activities.
 
Also included are a standard rugby field, two basketball courts, and two volleyball courts.
Source: https://postcourier.com.pg/project-completion-set-august/

PM visits Goroka before flying to Lae

BY PEARSON KOLO


The  in the Eastern Highlands Province will soon manage its own funding directly from the national government to address the drug shortages and other medical issues.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill announced this today in Goroka while visiting the near complete new wing of Goroka Hospital, being built at a cost of more than K88 million from the O’Neill government.

Prime Minister O’Neill said Goroka General Hospital will soon become a self-accounting Hospital together with Port Moresby General Hospital.

“The National Government will directly fund them to cater for their medical needs to provide consistent quality medical care to the people of the highlands,” Mr O’Goroka Hospital VisitNeill said.

The Prime Minister said he will be present during the official opening of the new women’s and children’s wing the hospital later this year and stressed that it is his government’s aim to provide good quality health care to the people of this country.

Mr O’Neill said Goroka Hospital is in a strategic location and serves the entire Highlands region and the state-of-the-art development was important.

Eastern Highlands Governor Peter Numu who accompanied the Prime Minister during his visit acknowledged Mr O’Neill and his government for funding the Goroka Hospital development and many other projects like the Goroka Airport terminal building and the Goroka Market project.

Governor Numu assured the PM that his government will make sure that every project and the respective funds provided by the national government will benefit the people of EHP, without a single toea wasted.

Mr O’Neill was welcomed by the chairman of the Eastern Highlands Provincial Health Authority chairman Malcolm Smith and staff at the Goroka General Hospital.

The Prime Minister presented K73, 000, money raised from a fundraising event, to the children’s ward.

Mr O’Neill and his delegates visited the new Goroka Airport terminal before retiring to the Pacific Gardens Hotel.

Straight after arriving in Goroka around 10am, he went to the West Goroka Lutheran Church and paid his tribute to late Terry Shelley, a citizen and long time resident and businessman in Goroka, before visiting the Hospital.

The Prime Minister also mention during his visit that he is looking at funding the construction of a national stadium in the EHP.

The Prime Minister and his team flew to Lae from Goroka moments ago.

 

Source: https://postcourier.com.pg/pm-visits-goroka-flying-lae/

Photo credit: Brian Wali

Acting Provincial Administrator Appointed in Southern Highlands – Tasked to Focus on Restoring Public Administration Structure

The National Executive Council has appointed Thomas Eluh as Acting Provincial Administrator for Southern Highlands Province.

In making the announcement, the Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, said strong and capable leadership is required to overcome a number of challenges that have emerged in the region.

A distinguished officer of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, Mr Eluh, has been tasked to engage with community leaders to restructure the public service system and restore public confidence in provincial administration.

“As an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Eluh has demonstrated sound judgement and effective leadership,” the Prime Minister said.

“He has wide experience in the public sector, particularly in the Highlands.

“During the course of the recent elections, the Southern Highlands Province experienced a more peaceful polling period than has been seen in many years.

“However, this has since been undermined and this is not acceptable.

“Effective governance must be restored so that people in the province can continue to grow their businesses, and go about their everyday lives without inconvenience.

“The ongoing growth and development of Southern Highlands Province is more important than the ambition of a selfish few individuals.”

PM O’Neill said as Acting Provincial Administrator, Joseph Eluh will work closely with Provincial Police Commander, Joseph Tondop, to improve public order.

“I call on all community leaders in the Southern Highlands to work with Mr Eluh and PPC Tondop to strengthen public administration in the province.

“We all have to work together if we are to see the Southern Highlands Province reach its true potential.

“There is enormous opportunity for small business, particularly in agriculture, in the Southern Highlands.

“The natural attractions of the region are also very inviting for tourists to visit the province.

“With effective leadership we will see these opportunities continue to increase, and with this appointment, we are taking a very big step in the right direction.”

Mr Eluh’s appointment is for a period of three months, during which time he will restore governance structure and systems, ahead of the full-time appointment of a permanent Provincial Administrator.

Culture Restored

Post Courier

Many aspects of the reformist project by the former Speaker of Parliament Theo Zurenouc should not be part of the restoration exercise as ordered by the National.
This includes the proposed unity pole to be introduced in the grand hall of the National Parliament.

The inclusion of the proposed unity pole would be unconstitutional because it represents the views of a sectarian group of evangelical Christians
This was highlighted yesterday by the founding father of the nation Sir Michael Somare when commending the Speaker of Parliament Job Pomat for taking action in compliance with an outstanding National Court order issued last year for the restoration of cultural decorations.

The matter became controversial in 2013 when former Speaker Theo Zurenuoc declared the cultural decorations evil and ordered their removal to cleanse the House from unclean spirits.

It sparked a legal challenge resulting in the court ruling which Parliament failed to comply in restoring the artifacts within six months of the decision.
On realization of the oversight Mr Pomat a week ago ordered actions to comply with the court orders to avoid Parliament being slapped with contempt of court charges.
Sir Michael hailed the actions of the Speaker saying the intention of the Constitution was to maintain the diversity of the nation’s cultural heritage.

He said as such the ruling does not cover retaining the additions including the unity pole.
He said fresh legal proceedings will have to be sought to retain them.
“The Court has ruled that this sectarian interest group of Christian evangelicals cannot impose their views on the freedom of thought, religion and conscience on the rest of Papua New Guinea. They would have to initiate a fresh legal proceeding to introduce the unity pole into the National Parliament,” Sir Michael said.

“The current Speaker has made a good decision to honour and comply with the decision of the National Court. However it must be made clear that the decision of the National Court does not mean aspects of the reformist project initiated by the Speaker will become part of the restoration work.

“When we wrote our Constitution, we consulted our people widely. We opened the preamble to our Constitution by acknowledging the worthy customs of our ancestors the source of identity and intellectual strength.
“When we built the National Parliament in the 1980s, we wanted it to be a monumental statement that captures the diversity of our cultural heritage.

“The design of the building reflected a process of us coming together as a nation of many and diverse cultures. We did this so that our children and their children will know where we came from and from there determine where we are to go.”

The former Director of the National Museum, Dr Andrew Moutu and the Grand Chief , challenged the actions of the Speaker in Court. In May 2016, the National Court ruled in favour of the two plaintiffs citing breaches to the National Cultural Property (Preservation) Act and the freedom of thought, religion and conscience enshrined in the Constitution.

The presiding judge, Justice David Cannings, issued several court orders including the restoration of the cultural decorations within 6 months of the decision. An appeal by the Solicitor General on behalf of the former Speaker was pursued with the Supreme Court. However, the appeal was thrown out of Court for want of prosecution.

 

http://postcourier.com.pg/culture-restored/

Govt Invites Middle East Investments

The Government has welcomed the United Arab Emirates to be active participants in projects in PNG.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Rimbink Pato extended the invitation when arriving in Dubai on Tuesday.

Pato said he would be discussing with UAE what they would like to do in PNG, with particular interest in technology and renewable energy.

“The International Renewable Energy Agency is based in UAE and we are keen for it to assist with a review of our renewable energy options.

“We want to find what would best suit PNG, whether it is one or more of the options such as hydro, solar, biomass, windmills, thermal and waves.

“The expertise that UAE has in desalination and sewage management is also of great interest to PNG.”

 

http://www.looppng.com/business/govt-invites-middle-east-investments-68146

No Fees For NID Rollout: Adviser

There are no fees charged for the national identification (NID) services rollout in Morobe Province

This was revealed by Morobe province program adviser for Community Development Kiun Kimbing yesterday.

Mr Kimbing said as per the directives from National Civil and Identity Registry (NCIR), there wil be no fees charged or should be charged on clients wanting to access NID services.

“All NID applications, registrations and engagement of staff to provide NID services should be free,” he said.

He explained that for mobile kits registration to be conducted for a company or group, there should be an agreement established between those clients and the NCIR, which is then signed by NCIR registrar general and his officers in Port Moresby.

Based on the agreement, Mr. Kimbing said officers in the province will act on the directives given from the NCIR office.

“NID officers in the province are not supposed to go out doing group registration without approval from the NCIR,” he said.

Mr Kimbing urged clients who paid for NID services or witnessed an NID officer charging fees on clients, must report the officer involved to his office so they can deal with that officer concern.

He said all NID papers and processes are free.

“If you witness, experience or know any such officer, do report because that officer is already committing an offence without proper dialogue, agreement and discussion with his/her superiors,” Mr. Kimbing concludes.

http://postcourier.com.pg/no-fees-nid-rollout-adviser/

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