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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.

Simulator Plant Constructed For Kumul Petroleum Academy

Source: Post Courier
November 14, 2017
BY JEFFREY ELAPA

The simulated safe live processing plant (SLPP) at the Kumul Petroleum Academy at Idubada near Port Moresby would be fully commissioned by the New Year after work started on it this week.


It (SLPP) will be the first to be installed in the region to train oil and gas technicians and operators in PNG.


The SLPP plant or simulator is specifically designed to train and equip young trainees as in a real work place like the processing facilities that are in Hides and Kutubu.


The construction and installation of the processing plant was witnessed by chief secretary and chairman of Kumul Petroleum Academy Isaac Lupari, Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited managing director Wapu Sonk and CEO and managing director of Site Group International Vern Wills yesterday.


The training facility was bought at a total cost of more than K4 million for trainee students to use for their training purpose which is similar to the processing plants at Kutubu and Hides.


So far there are 32 students undertaking the 15 months training of which 16 of them were funded by ExxonMobil while the other 16 trainees were funded by Kumul Petroleum Holding Limited.


Site Group International technical manager, Michael Costelloe said the facility is like a real work situation in which there will be a main control centre to control the processing plant.
He said instead of oil and gas, the facility will use air, water and oil which will be passed through a mixture which will be transported to a oil processor to separate the oil, air and water as in a real processing plant where oil, gas and water is separated.


Mr Costelloe said by having the facility like that will help better train and equip the trainees as they face the real life experience at the work place.


Mr Sonk said the installation of the stimulated safe live processing plant will not only train trainees for the oil and gas projects but other fields also.


The Prime Minister Mr Peter O’Neill will commission the facility in February next year.

Panguna work to cost K18.8 billion

Source: The National

CONSTRUCTION of the Panguna mine is estimated to cost US$4-6 billion (K12.5- K18.8 billion).

 
Bougainville Copper Ltd (BCL) secretary Mark Hitchcock said significant tax revenue would be generated in the estimated 25-plus years’ mine life, with operations starting around 2025-26.

 
Hitchcock spoke during the Autonomous Bougainville Government’s (ABG) three-day tax and revenue summit in Buka last week aimed at finding ways to improve the financial outlook for the region and the government’s ability to fund services for its people.

 
Hitchcock was invited to present development of a new Panguna mining project, including its potential revenue and broader economic benefits.

 
Once developed, the mine would generate significant tax revenue over the 25-plus years operational life of the project.

 
The presentation was drawn from an order of magnitude study which was updated late last year.

 
A realistic timeline for the Panguna project will see the mine operational around 2025-26, Hitchcock said, and the potential tax revenue gains had to be viewed as a longer term prospect with no short-term, direct tax generation, although the project’s development and construction period would present income generation opportunities.

 
Hitchcock highlighted the need for certainty in relation to the tax regime that would apply to the project and warned that excessive tax imposts would undermine its viability. “One potential pathway is for the ABG and PNG national government to work towards a joint agreement to provide assurances regarding applicable taxes that would apply over the longterm,” Hitchcock said.

 
In addition to tax revenue, he said the Panguna project would have a wider multiplier effect in terms of economic benefit.

 
“A project of this scale will help stimulate the economy in a multitude of ways in areas such as training and employment, new business opportunities in the supply of goods and services and the provision of new infrastructure to name a few,” he said.

 
Hitchcock congratulated the ABG for holding the tax and revenue summit and said BCL welcomed opportunities to contribute to important policy discussions in Bougainville.

Government Cuts Rice Imports

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BY GORETHY KENNETH of Post-Courier

Annually the government is spending K600million to import rice.

 

The government plans to cut the import of rice despite an increase of 5 percent annually in consumption.

 

IT will take at least five years for Papua New Guinea to start producing and exporting its own rice and for the eight million people to consume.

 

Agriculture Minister Benny Allen in his response to Menyamya MP Thomas Pelika said there are at least five companies that are in the process of producing rice locally – one of which is Naime Rice.

 

Minister Allen was taken to task by Mr Pelika during Question Time in Parliament about the Government’s plans to have rice grown locally and help with job creation for provinces like Menyamya.

Special economic zone eyed for Manus

Source: The National

THE Government will develop a special economic zone on Manus to address job and internal revenue losses following the shutdown of the asylum refugee center.

 
National Planning and Monitoring Minister Richard Maru, pictured, said internal revenue for Manus would decrease from K25 million to K1.5 million per annum following the closure.

 
“About 1200 jobs will be lost, 100 small-to-medium enterprises will go out of business,” he said.
“The Government will set a special economic zone for Manus.

 
“We will put money in the 2018 budget to start the marine park on the west coast of Manus.

 
“We will also put money to plant 40,000 rubber trees on Manus.
“Most areas have been logged.

 
“We took stock of this.

 
“We now need to find investors to go into Manus to put up the fish (tuna) plant.”
The minister was responding to Manus Governor Charlie Benjamin on the Government’s fall-back plan for Manus as some refugees had already began the island province.

Mine Production To Increase

 

 

BY FRANKIY KAPIN

The K92 mine in Eastern highlands is looking to produce in the order of 50, 000 ounces (oz) of gold together with a few thousand tons of copper annually once into full operations starting next year.

 
Chief executive officer and director of K92 Mining Incorporation, John Lewins made this known yesterday.

 
When asked about the annual revenue generation of the mine and local landowners beneficiaries once operations of the mine is underway, Mr Lewins said 60 per cent of the mine employees come from the local landowner groups.

 
“We employ 500 people and 60 per cent of those are local landowners,” said Mr Lewins.
He said wages going into the local community is in the order of K7-8 million.

 
“Business opportunities, we still working through with the local communities,” he said.
Mr Lewins said as the mine progresses, business opportunities will gain in access of up to K2 million profit going into the community, which is still not the total value of the contract will be higher.

 
He said the developer is looking at doubling production by the end of 2018, and doubles opportunities.

 
Mr Lewins said the approach is something the developer has to work through with the community and as well is part of the MOA.

 
MRA K92 mine project coordinator, James Norum said with the country’s Mining Act review, a concern by stakeholders is pending completion conducted by Department of Mineral Policy and Geohazards.

Newcrest Appoints First Papua New Guinean to Oversee Lihir Mine Operations

Newcrest has announced the appointment of the first Papua New Guinean to oversee operations at its Lihir Mine in New Ireland Province.

Iso Ealedona, a career mining engineer, with more than 20 years’ experience both locally and abroad, has been appointed Mine Manager for Lihir.

Ealedona started his career as a Mining Engineer with Placer Niugini at its Misima mine before moving to Lihir Gold with the Lihir Management Company under the Rio Tinto group in 1996.

He was appointed as the first and youngest Papua New Guinean Operations Superintendent during the early years of Lihir.

Ealedona’s experience includes senior planning and leadership roles with Ok Tedi Mining, Morobe Mining Joint Venture and Misima Mines.

According to Newcrest’s Mining Executive General Manager Lihir and Cadia, Craig Jetson, Newcrest is confident that Lihir will continue to deliver outstanding results under Ealedona’s leadership, given his vast experience.

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