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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

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

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

Online Selections

Source: Post-Courier

 

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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.

 

Construction of college facilities underway

WORK has started on the construction of facilities for the Enga Teachers College through a K33.5 million tax credit scheme funding from the Porgera Joint Venture.
Executive managing director Richmond Fenn said the mine was proud to partner with the government through the tax credit scheme arrangement.
“The province is fortunate to have a mine in this region. But I want to thank the Governor (Sir Peter Ipatas) again because there are few people that have as clear a vision about education as he has,” he said.
“And to think that he has been promoting education for 20 years, that is an amazing vision.
“It takes dedication to make it come true.”
The project involves the construction of three-storey 144-bed female dormitory and four-storey 192-bed male dormitory.
There will also be a mess hall with a 400-person sitting capacity.
Fenn said they were not only trying to build colleges but these colleges would eventually provide degree programmes.
Cardno PNG is the design consultant and HBS PNG will build the facilities. The project is expected to be completed in February 2019.

Teachers promised full payment of leave fares

By JIMMY KALEBE 


TEACHERS in Morobe have been assured they will be paid the full leave fares they applied for by the province’s division of Education and Morobe administration.

 
Morobe programme adviser Keith Jiram made the announcement yesterday in front of teachers at Tutumang Haus eager to collect their leave fares for their holidays.

 
Despite a shortfall of K1.3 million faced by the province, the education division and Morobe administration made available K8 million for teachers’ leave fares in its budget.

 
Jiram said the commitment was made following the Treasury Department’s announcement that teachers maybe paid 50 per cent of their leave fares or less due to the cash-flow problems the country was facing.

 
“We made this commitment in the province because we want to compensate teachers and appreciate them for their commitments towards teaching our children,” he said.

 
“They are entitled to it and it is their right to leave fares so we made commitments to the issue despite having some cash-flow problems as indicated by the Treasury Department.”
Jiram said the shortfall was covered by funds from other programmes.

 
Asked what the delay was in releasing cheques made available for the teachers to access, Jiram said the commitment was made last Friday.

 
He said the delay was due to the time taken for the printing of the cheques and the time it would take for the bank to clear them. “This processes should be completed by the end of this week or by early next week, teachers should get their fares ready,” he said.

Best Performing Schools Awarded

Source: Post-Courier

 

Ten schools have been recognised as the best academic performing schools for 2017.

Another 10 were awarded for academic excellence in Year 12 level. Additionally the most improved secondary and high schools were also recognised last Friday by the Education Department.

This is the second year, schools in the education system have been awarded.

Those awards were presented to the schools by the Education Secretary Dr Uke Kombra at the end of the grade 11 selection meeting in Port Moresby that was attended by 152 principals and 22 guidance officers.

Schools in the nation’s capital dominated the awards, while remote Oksapmin High school in West Sepik remained in the top 10. Cameron Secondary in Milne Bay, St Charles Lwanga and Gordons Secondary in NCD and Mercy Secondary maintained their positions in the top 10 from last year.

Ten best academic performing schools are; Oksapmin High School (West Sepik), St Charles Lwanga Secondary (NCD), Marianville Secondary (NCD), Gordons Secondary (NCD), Cameron Secondary (MBP), Jubilee Catholic Secondary (NCD), Manus Secondary (Manus), Busu Secondary (Morobe), Mercy (ESP) and Mt Hagen Secondary (WHP).

Ten best grade 12 performing schools are: Port Moresby (NCD) Marianville (NCD) Kerevat (ENBP), Wawin (Morobe), Sogeri (Central) Aiyura (EHP), Cameron (MBP), St Ignatius (West Sepik), Passam (ESP) and Mt Hagen (WHP).

The five most improved secondary schools are; Utmei (ENBP), Busu (Morobe), Ecom (Manus), Manggai (NIP) and Buin (AROB).

Also, five most improved high schools are: Kompiam (Enga), Sacred Heart Tapini (Central), Misima (MBP), Kiriwina (MBP) and Iano (Central).

Dr Kombra challenged school administrators to lift up schools performances and stated that “if one very remote school in the country can do best why not others.”

Meanwhile, Jubilee Secondary School Principal Bernadette Ova said the selection criteria was unfair when it added the six national high schools to the list as the schools were elite schools.

Government to leave for India

Source: Loop PNG

The Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Richard Maru, is set to lead an official PNG delegation fact finding mission to India from December 11-15, 2017.

 

The high profile Government delegation includes senior state ministers in the likes of the Minister for Education, Nick Kuman, Minister for Inter-Government Relations, Kevin Isifu, Minister for Information, Communication, Technology and Energy, Sam Basil, and Governor for West New Britain, Sasindran Muthuvel.

 

Other senior government officials traveling with the delegation include Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato and acting registrar general of the Civil and Identity Registry, Michael Kumung.

 

Reiterating that a key focus of the O’Neill-Abel Government is to grow the economy, Minister Maru said the delegation is going to seek business opportunities and technical assistance from India to support PNG’s development agenda.

 

Minister Maru added that the Government is also working to ensure that support exists for sectors such as energy, information and communication technology (ICT), health, education, law and justice and capacity development.

 

The training of Papua New Guinea’s human resources and development of research capabilities are also critical in this endeavour.

“India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and one that has demonstrated success. The PNG delegation mission will look at how best we can replicate and harness some of the positive pathways that India has taken and can offer to PNG,” Minister Maru said.

Author: Press release

Kuman wants teachers to increase to 70,000

By PHOEBE GWANGILO 


EDUCATION Minister Nick Kuman, pictured, wants the number of teachers to be increased from 56,000 to 70,000 to cater for the increase in the number of students.
This would ensure a “reasonable teacher-student ratio”.
“In my own calculation, with two million students in our school system, we need at least 70,000 teachers,” Kuman said.
Last year a head teacher of a primary school in Port Moresby told The National that a teacher was teaching 60 to 80 students in a classroom.
“We are silently killing ourselves in the classroom,” she said.
“The normal minimum teacher-student ratio should be one teacher to 36 or maximum 45 students.”
Kuman said the current ratio was one teacher to more than 50 students which must be reduced in secondary, primary and elementary schools.
“In secondary schools, we look at one teacher to 30 to 35 students,” he said.
“In primary schools, one teacher to 30 to 45 students in the classroom.
“Ideal ratio of teacher-student interaction is very important.”
“We graduate close to 2,000 teachers each year. About 300 to 400 teachers come out of the system.
“There is plus there but we need to train a lot more teachers to bridge that gap to have proper teacher-student ratio.”
Next week, Kuman will be in India to recruit specialised teachers in mathematics and science.

K60 million TFF fees to be paid next year

EDUCATION Minister Nick Kuman says the final payment of K60 million in tuition fee-free funds will be paid to school next year.
“There was a balance of K60 million. We got some money in the account but we won’t pay. We will hold on to the money and allow schools to close on Friday,” he said.
“This money will be available as soon as they start school next. I did that last year for this year. And I’m going to do that this year for next year, because the schools will be closed.
“They won’t need it to run operations. It might go to the wrong hands if we give now. It will be in the central bank account.
“It will be quarantined until the schools open next year the money will be available and they can pay all the outstanding bills incurred in the last three months.”
Kuman said the TFF was the only education fund managed at the national level. Other funds are disbursed to provinces to manage.
In September, Secretary Dr Uke Kombra said Government had budgeted more than K600 million for this year’s TFF.
“In 2017 we got a budget of K602 million so at the end of term two, we disbursed close to K300 million. Every term we are disbursing K150 million.”

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