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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.

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.”

Education to introduce new structure: Kuman

Source: The National

EDUCATION Minister Nick Kuman, pictured, says there will be a new education structure introduced next year.

 
“The one-six-six school structure in the national education system will be implemented in 2018, starting with the National Capital Districts schools,” Kuman said.

 
He mentioned the plan during the Waigani Christian College graduation in Port Moresby on Friday.

 
“In this structure, each student will spend 13 years of schooling comprising one year elementary education, six years primary education and six years secondary education.
Kuman said the structure would allow all students to continue to grade 12.

 
“A child will start formal education at the age of five and is expected to complete secondary schooling at grade 12 at the age of 17 or 18,” Kuman said.

 
“The basis of introducing one-six-six school structure is to improve the quality of education and accessibility.

 
“The one-six-six school structure will have all children completing elementary to grade 12.”

 
He said the Waigani Christian College was a private institution regulated by the Education Department which had this structure.

 
“As the department looks forward to implementing the one-six-six structure, Waigani Christian College is already implementing this,” Kuman said.

 
“I have directed the abolishment of Grade Eight and Grade 10 examinations for selection purposes.

 
“This will be abolished over time as we create adequate space to take every student.”

Kuman Confident Of Growth In Education

Source: Post-Courier

 

BY JERRY SEFE 

Education Minister Nick Kuman is confident that the education sector is rapidly advancing due to the government’s firm commitment.

Mr Kuman said this last week when wishing the Grade 10s around the country “best of luck” in their national exams while acknowledging the government’s firm support with the tuition fee free (TFF) policy over the years.

He said the continuing commitment of the government is reflected in the “follow-on national education plan” (NEP) which builds on the many successes that the government has achieved in education in recent years, as well as learning from its mistakes.

“The NEP provides a roadmap for implementing the government’s commitment by providing education and training in technical and vocational skills that are essential for human development and building the nation,” Mr Kuman said.

The minister also said the focus today is to ensure that all the people of Papua New Guinea have the opportunity to have access to education and training that they are entitled to as citizens.

“Papua New Guineans must not be left out on education because of various contributing factors such as age groups, everyone is entitled to education and learning does not stop there,” he said.

“Basically our point and focus is on improving quality of education standard and take into account of widespread consultation as well gender equality which is a cross-cutting issue reflected in the plan all for a positive outcome of quality leaning.”

Kuman: Audit Of Teachers Vital

 

BY LYNETE KIL of Post-Courier

 

Minister for Education Nick Kuman has confirmed that all public servants in all sectors in the government, including all teachers will undergo an audit.

 

Kuman made this remarks during the launching of the Tuition free fee learning and teaching materials components recently at the Port Moresby National High school.

 

He said the aim of the audit is to ensure that ghost names of teachers are removed from the pay roll system.

 

“Public servants are highly paid in this country yet schools still face teaching problems. The Department of Education employs 58,000 teachers across the country making it one of the largest employer in the education sector.

 

“The government in terms of policy will not only look at accessibility but also at ensuring that the practical issues are addressed,” Kuman said.

 

“We want to ensure that teacher assigned to Gumini are not found elsewhere.

 

“Those are management issues that need to be sorted out. We are concerned and as part of the governments aim to clamp down on part of the salaries wages of public servants in this country we will all make sure that our teachers are in the classrooms, be the principle, headmasters or head teachers and at the management level,” Mr Kuman said.

Govt To Continue Focus On Education

Teach Your Child Positively At Home Before Sending Them To School, For First Learning Takes Place At Home. 

 

 

BY LYNETTE KIL of Post-Courier

As long as there is a government under the leadership of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill it will continue to give priority to education. 

 
Education Minister Nick Kuman made this remark during the launching of the tuition fee free policy component of teaching and learning materials at the Port Moresby National High school on Friday.

 
“A lot of critics have negative thoughts on free education most considered as a “political gimmick” but the government has proved them wrong.

 
“Government policy as far as health and education is concerned, will continue to see an investment every year, and that education will feature prominently in the budget,” Mr Kuman said.

 
He urged parents and stakeholders to participate in sharing the government responsibility in enhancing the education of young people.

 
“I call upon the parents, you must not take a step backward and expect government to shoulder all the responsibility, there are a lot more things that you as a parent can do to enhance the education of our children.

 
“In terms of content teacher training, I have been challenging the teachers trainer providers, both Teachers colleges and University of Goroka to ensure that the teachers trained in the institutions must be content oriented,” Mr Kuman said.

 
He acknowledgded the government’s commitment for the last five years, this saw a growth in the number of students and also increased number in female enrollment, which is the government’s achievement in seeing girls getting educated.

 
Mr Kuman warned schools and the teachers that the materials are not for sale and must be given to all children. He said 300 containers containing teaching and learning materials, component of the TFF for the 22 provinces is at the Port Moresby wharf.