Category Archives: Education

Miss Png On Path To Promote Tourism

Source: PC Online

BY JERRY SEFE

The 2017 Miss Pacific Islands pageant continues to grow and has proven so much over the years that the annual event is not just about beauty contest but a testament for Pacific women.

The event creates a platform for the contestants to play crucial roles within their respective communities in bringing about changes to create a positive environment for all.

In doing so, it’s also recognised as a launching pad that helps women and young girls excel in life changing careers to be role models for the ever growing female population in the Pacific nation.

In a recent Miss Pacific Island contest in Nadi, Fiji, nine contestants were given the privilege to represent their countries to speak on issues affecting their respective communities and societies in bringing about positive outcomes on how to address these issues.

During the event an in-depth presentation were delivered by the ladies on their selected interview topics on the issues of gender equality, education, tourism, politics, culture, climate change, technology, environment and health.

Miss PNG, Niawali Twain, (pictured) who was the Papua New Guinea MPIP ambassador, presented discussions on what type of tourism the Pacific region should focus on.

Miss Twain spoke about niche markets such as natural, wellness, beauty, health, culture and sports that are now putting Pacific Island nations on the global.

She said ecotourism in fact promotes preservation of the natural environment and it is important to the Pacific because of its long term sustainable development, low carbon footprints, and has positive impact on local economies.

“Cultural tourism preserves our traditions, as well as wellness tourism where all in the region have natural wellness ingredients readily available to everyone” said Twain.

Meanwhile the fundamental aspect of the topics presented by the pageants was to ensure everyone have equal access to resources and opportunities including economic participation and decision making to empower their nations.

Twain said through carrying out proper awareness and educating people which is the key to drive the people of the Pacific forward in future.

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Student Selection Now Online

By PETER ESILA (The National )

 

THE government’s online selection for grade 12 school leavers entering tertiary institutions has been launched with the final acceptance list expected next week.

Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Minister Pila Niningi said questions raised on the accountability and transparency of the selection process would be a thing of the past.

“I hope today will be where the success story begins,” he said.

“Our objective is to promote transparency, accountability and most importantly increase the probability of capable and eligible school leavers in being admitted while ensuring institutions’ autonomy in the selections process is maintained.”

The event was witnessed by Enga Governor Sir Peter Ipatas and 100 selectors from accredited institutions who entered their selection criteria and quotas into the system.

“What it is doing is selecting the students, the best candidates,” he said.

“If it is not the first preference, it goes to the second and third preference.”

Department Secretary Fr Jan Czuba said the government would reduce costs by around K6 million annually.

“That’s how much it cost to select students,” Czuba said.

“So next year, all the institutions will be selecting students from their own officers. This is a significant event in our country and in the higher education sector.”

Czuba said the list would be finalised next week depending on the institutions which would send the list confirmed by the system.

“We want parents to know before Christmas when will their children go and to which institution so they can make preparations,” he said.

School Contractors Warned! – O’Neill

**** PM O’Neill: Contractors to be Held Accountable as More Schools and Classrooms Built Around Papua New Guinea ****

4th December 2017

 

With more schools and classrooms being built around the Nation, contractors will be held accountable for every Toea in public funds they are given for construction.

That is the clear message delivered by the Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, when opening a new classroom building in in Kimbe, West New Britain Province.

“Continuing to improve education is our government’s commitment to our future generations.

“Better education provides the greatest hope for our children, particularly in remote and rural areas.

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“In 2018 we have allocated 1.29 billion Kina for the Education Sector, which is nearly nine per cent of National Budget. This is an increase of 13 per cent from the 2017 Supplementary Budget.

“We have placed more than an additional one million students in school over the past five years, and now we are applying additional focus on improving the quality of education.

“Now we are building more schools and classrooms right around the country.”

The Prime Minister issued a stern warning to all companies involved in the construction of school projects, that public money will be fully accounted for and documented.

“Many times the Government has given contracts to certain contractors who fail to complete their jobs and run off with payments.

“This must stop and we are looking back at previous contracts to identify any irregularities for further investigation.

 

“It is vital for our children to have proper buildings to learn, and any time there is fraud this deprives our children of their right to education.

“We also have seen a number of builders that have delivered high-quality school buildings, and their commitment and accountability is helping us to advance the Nation.”

In opening the new classroom building at the Waisisi Primary School in the Talasea District, West New Britain Province, PM O’Neill congratulated all who had worked on the project.

“As I officially open this newly built classroom building, today, I thank the school board and the builders for doing an outstanding job.”

The Prime Minister further noted the growth that was occurring in the Talasea District and said the Government has met with the Boundaries Committee and have decided that Talasea District will soon become two districts, given it’s vast population and land boundaries.

Budget Hope

The National

 

THE Government is viewing the future with optimism and confidence as it tables the 2018 national budget in Parliament today on the back of an “improving global economy”, with commodity prices returning to “healthier” levels.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, however, warned that while pressure on the economy from global factors is easing, the government would continue to ensure fiscal discipline is maintained.  “There is no doubt that we are seeing improvements in the global economy, and this is reflected in positive indicators in our own economy,” he said.

“Commodity prices are returning to healthier levels but there is still a long way to go before we can relax.

“When global conditions were at their lowest, our government managed the challenges we faced and this has placed us in a stronger position today.

“We continued to maintain positive economic growth through a programme of reducing spending, managing expenses and rescheduling some infrastructure construction.”

Treasurer Charles Abel will table the national financial plan this afternoon.

Debate on it will be suspended until Tuesday next week to allow the Opposition time to respond to it. O’Neill said the government was looking forward to a sensible debate on the budget “that is based on fact and not misinformation”.

He said there would be no cuts to education and healthcare, “our core national priorities”.

He also promised “a productive and safe Apec summit in 2018 through modest expenditure that builds capacity and leaves legacy in our government agencies”.

“Our Government will also continue to build more efficient public services that are increasingly capable while being less expensive to operate,” he said.

Shadow Treasury and Finance Minister Ian Ling-Stuckey said the Opposition was ready to debate the 12-month financial plan from the government.

“Last year, the Government did not allow a proper debate on the 2017 budget. We stand ready to judge the success of the 2018 budget and urge government to give the Opposition an opportunity to measure its merits,” he said.

He said they would judge the budget on its credibility, how the government planned to spend public money, how it addressed foreign exchange and jobs, how it dealt with deficits and debt financing, and whether it followed proper processes.

Medical Officers Graduate From New Programme

BY : The National

 

HE St John Ambulance has graduated its first batch of officers from its new paramedic programme.

Chief officer Dr Matthew Cannon said three groups graduated – three from paramedic, 14 level-one ambulance officers and seven emergency medical technicians.

He said the paramedic and technicians would address six core areas:

Improve overall patient outcomes through quality pre-hospital care;
reduce maternal and infant mortality through advanced pre-hospital obstetric training;
improving healthcare for persons in police situations;
provide effective care to trauma patients, especially road-related trauma;
reduce death and disability from treatable conditions; and,
Deploy paramedics to health centres to help clinic staff manage patients with serious medical emergencies.

“The majority of healthcare in PNG is delivered in rural health centres by dedicated nurses and community health workers. This environment is still arguably considered pre-hospital,” Cannon said.

“The paramedic programme is specifically tailored to filling the gaps in the health system between the place the patient becomes sick and a major hospital.

“The result of this gap is often unnecessary death and disability, especially for the one in 20 women who die from pregnancy, often because they are
unable to reach a major obstetric hospital.”

National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop congratulated St John Ambulance for initiating the programme which would help meet the needs of the population.

O’Neill Outlines Importance of History

BY : The National

 

It is important that Australia and Papua New Guinea continue to engage and educate young generations about the shared history of the countries, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says.

O’Neill said at the Ralph Honner oration dinner in Sydney, Australia, on Friday that the event acknowledged one of the true heroes of the Kokoda Track campaign and commemorated the key battles fought in PNG during WWII.

“The Kokoda Track Foundation (KTF) undertakes vital work in some of the remotest areas in PNG, through funding projects in education, healthcare and leadership development. You are helping people and communities around our country,” he said.

“We are very encouraged by this work in education and health in particular, and supporting the delivery of free education policy.

“This has enabled more than one million more young Papua New Guineans, who have never been to school. They were able to go to school for the first time over the last five years, 50 per cent of these new students are young Papua New Guinean girls.”

O’Neill thanked the Australian government for partnering the PNG government to improve facilities along the track.

“This work is also enhancing the healthcare and community projects for village communities along the track,” O’Neill said.

“This important work is further enabling a number of young Australians and young Papua New Guineans to walk the tracks in future.”

He said PNG would continue to work with the Australian government, KTF, Returned Services League of Australia and local ex-service organisations to ensure the sacrifices would not be forgotten but acknowledged.

No Time To Entertain Unqualified Teachers

By : Post Courier

 

Don’t conduct inspections on primary school teachers if they don’t provide necessary documents.

This is what Momase regional director for inspection Patrick Silata told the 18 school inspectors in basic education for Morobe Province during the provincial rating conference in Lae last Friday.

Mr Silata said the Education Department is embarking strongly on quality education for the children and there is no time to entertain unqualified and non-performing teachers.

“My office through the help of inspectors placed in the district will hold teachers getting through the system without proper verification accountable if found,” Mr Silata said.

He advised the 18 basic education school inspectors to ask teachers to get ready for inspection including new graduates by providing all necessary documents required before inspection can be conducted for them.

Mr Silata said provincial rating conference is where teachers received promotion and the conference wants to promote eligible, trained and competent teachers to the next level.

It was identified during the one week provincial rating conference that most teachers during their time of inspection were not able to provide documents such as school certificates, upgrade certificates or certificates from the colleges they graduated from.

Reports from Morobe primary school inspectors revealed that many attempts have been made to sight those documents but responsible teachers failed to bring forward. “If they cannot provide those documents, don’t inspect those teachers or write their reports unless you sight their qualifications,” Mr Silata said.

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