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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

 

 

 

Tuition Reviewed

 

 

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said a review will be carried out at major state owned Universities regarding the increases in tuition fees that are reportedly imposed by the respective institutions.

The assurance from the PM comes amidst concerns raised by many parents and students.

Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Pila Niningi said as minister responsible he will facilitate the process to ensure that the 2018 academic year resumes uninterrupted.

Source: Post-Courier

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/

4 students get master’s scholarships

24/12/2017

Four individuals have received master’s scholarships at the University of Papua New Guinea.

 

 

The scholarship basically emphasises on conservation and management of biodiversity.

 

 

It was given to them during a recent graduation and launching of the Centre for Biodiversity & Natural Products Division research and academic program.

 

 

The four were among 24 graduates who received certificates after completing a course called Module 1.

 

 

The main objective of the program was to address the issue of biological diversity in PNG.

 

 

The biodiversity centre comprises of academic programs and research.

 

 

According to Professor Simon Saulei, the master’s holders will do research in different aspects of biological diversity.

 

 

“The certificate comprises three modules but much of the emphasis is on how you organise yourself in community level,” says the professor.

 

 

Prof Saulei said this certificate program is part of the university’s initiative to reach out to the community.

 

 

Meanwhile, the second program they are developing will highlight the challenge some people face in terms of expensive university fees, or have dropped out of school, thus missing out on processes to get into university.

 

 

Meanwhile, the professor said the problem is people who talk about conserving resources are not putting money where the mouth is.

Author: Tracey Parr

Source: Loop PNG.

More Students Selected For 2018

 


An increase of more than 12,000 students from this year’s intakes will be seen entering state-run higher learning institutions next year.

 

The Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Minister Pila Niningi said all results would be made available to the public by end of this week and the list will also be published on the department’s website www.dherst.gov.pg

 

Minister Niningi said with the inaugural use of the online selection system, a total of 12,234 students have been allocated to a study program; that is 47 percent of the 25,848 who applied.

 

He said all students with a grade point average or GPA of 2.3 and above that met respective GPA and subject related entry requirements were allocated space within a Higher Education Institution.

 

First and second preferences indicated by the Grade 12 school leavers were used to allocate a place at institutions while GPA and subject related entry requirements were used for ranking of the selection list.

 

Mr Niningi said all other Grade 12 School leavers that selected the option to be considered for alternate offers were allocated space in the program to which they exclusively met the entry requirement and also to which additional space was available.

 

The minister added that the list is not a confirmed Tertiary Education Scholarship Assistance Scheme (TESAS) awards list. Government sponsored students will receive letters from the department.

 

Source: Post-Courier

Ministry Pushes For E-Learning In Tertiary Institutions

Source: Post-Courier

 

As of next month, smaller higher education institutions in the country will be assisted by the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology to create their own websites and internel protocol (IP) addresses. Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Pila Niningi, said this in Port Moresby last week.

“With the rapid progress in technology and the advancement in learning systems, we plan to establish e-learning in all higher education institutions in the country,” Mr Niningi said.

He said higher learning institutions in the world that use e-learning technologies are ahead of those that use the traditional approach towards learning. He said it was equally important to take forward the concept of non-electronic teaching with the help of books and teachers, but the importance and effectiveness of technology-based learning cannot be taken lightly or ignored altogether.

Mr Niningi added that some higher learning institutions in private and public sectors are adapting to the concept of e-learning, which help in nation progress.

“The ministry and the Department of Higher Education will begin to use a tool called cloud to protect, monitor and manage the performance and availability of data across all higher learning institutions in PNG.

Teaching Positions Advertised

 The 2017 Education Vacancy Gazette Was Ready For Distribution To The Provinces For Teachers To Start Applying For Tenure Or To Confirm Their Eligibility By July.

 

 


Exactly 42,517 teaching positions from community & primary schools, high schools and secondary schools, national high Schools, flexible, open and distance education (FODE), vocational centres, teachers colleges, inclusive education institutions and TVET institutions were advertised mid this year.

 

The 2017 Education Vacancy Gazette was ready for distribution to the provinces for teachers to start applying for tenure or to confirm their eligibility by July.

Source: Post-Courier

Students’ ticketing process to be improved

12/15/2017  

The Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology plans to hand over all airline ticketing responsibilities to colleges and universities to manage independently.

 

 

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.

 

“The current process where the department purchases the tickets sometimes results in students being sent to the institutions too early or too late,” said Fr Jan.

 

This incurs extra costs to schools, the department and at times, on the students and their parents.

 

Fr Jan said changing the whole process will address some of these ongoing issues and importantly, make the enrolment system efficient.

 

Author: Carolyn Ure

Source: Loop PNG.

29 youths graduate with certificate to deliver health services

TWENTY-nine young men and women were the first to graduate from the Kungumanda Foursquare Community Health Workers Training School in Wapenamanda, Enga, last Friday.
Their qualification is recognised by the PNG Medical Board.
It was the school’s fifth commencement exercises – those who graduated in the first four years were unlucky as they did not receive a nationally recognised CHW certificate but still served in the health sector. Enga Governor Sir Peter thanked the Foursquare Gospel Church for partnering with the provincial and national government to train health workers.
He admitted that there is an acute shortage of the health workers in the country and churches play a huge role in bridging that gap.
He called on the new community health workers to serve with love, commitment and dedication. Enga health authority chief executive Aaron Luia presented the certificate of registration recognising the Kungumanda school as an institution with the licence to conduct private health training.
Church of the Foursquare Gospel in PNG president and Foursquare national education agency secretary Rev Timothy Tipitap said it was relief for the school which had copped criticisms in the past 10 years with claims it was not a recognised institution.
Principal Sr Marivic Serafina said Kungumanda was an institution of excellent standards that will administer the holistic approach on basic health education of the highest order.
“Go out and be the light that the world wants to see. You are representing Jesus,” Serafina told the graduates.
“The people that you touch and give medicines will receive healing.”

Source: The National

Online Selections

Source: Post-Courier

 

08:30 PM


 

Students that sat for grade 12 national examinations this year are being selected through an electronic selection process for higher learning institutions in 2018.

 

The selection system was launched by Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Pila Niningi at Holiday Inn.

 

The system called PCG Academia now sets the pace to address transparency and cost-cutting issues for the selection process.

 

This year, selectors have gathered for the last time to do selections.  Next year and onwards,  all selections will be done online in institutions.

 

Selected Institution representatives have been trained to use the system.

 

Today, selectors in Port Moresby are finalizing selections with PCG Academia experts.

 

The launch in Port Moresby was witnessed by Enga Governor Peter Ipatas, DataCo Managing Director Paul Komboi and representatives from higher learning institutions.

 

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