Category Archives: Education

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.

DWU final year Students set for Missioning

BY FRANKLIN KOLMA ( Post Courier )

About 353 final year undergraduate students will mark their completion of studies at Divine Word University’s Madang campus on Friday when they partake in the ninth annual missioning ceremony.

The ceremony will be witnessed by over 700 parents and guardians, and is the university and its students formal way of appreciation for the support given by parents and guardians during their time as members of the DWU community.

During the event, each student will be given a DWU pendant in the shape of a cross which has been blessed. The cross symbolises students’ readiness into the workforce as professionals who possess Christ-like principles promoted through DWU core values.

The values are integrity, academic excellence, community service/engagement, respect, diversity, hospitality, learning for life and social responsibility.

About 40 per cent of the final year undergraduate students who have completed studies are from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS).

Majority of the students from this faculty are from rural health program, which produces health professionals to work as rural health officers formerly known as health extension officers.

The Faculty of Business and Informatics will have over 120 students participating. Out of this, 47 students are from the business accounting program. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will have over 60 students.

Pacific Islands Forum secretary general, Dame Meg Taylor will give the parental address on behalf of parents.

Kuman Confident of Growth in Education

BY :  JERRY SEFE ( Post Courier )

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.”

27,966 Sit For Grade 12 Exam

By : Post  Courier

UP to 27,966 Grade 12 students are sitting for their national exams which started yesterday with the mathematics paper one. Today will be the second day of the eight-day national examination period.

With entry levels raised quite high for next year, the Grade 12 students will have to score exceptionally high grades to qualify for spaces in tertiary institutions, including the six established universities.

Principal of Port Moresby National High school, David Diowai, is confident his grade 12 students will maintain the academic standard and performance of the school.

“Our school is very competitive academically in the country, and we hope to maintain the same position in the country as one of the top schools,” Mr Diowai said.

He said the school has eight Grade 12 classes, with a total of 323 students (191 males and 132 females) sitting for the examinations.

Meanwhile, Mr Diowai acknowledged the effort and commitment of the government in ensuring students have access to education through the tuition fee free (TFF) policy. However, he said the policy has also affected the school’s planning and budgeting processes.

“With TFF, we rely on the government, in which we receive funding quarterly. Most times we don’t receive the funds on time,” he said.

Mr Diowai said the management, in distributing the TFF funds, should carry out the policy in a more effective manner for the schools to run their affairs smoothly.

He said the school, including the other five national high schools, have 5 to 6 percent of their TFF payments still outstanding, and it is the same with other schools within the public school system in the country.


Dept Eyes Online Selections for Grade 12 Students

By : The National


MORE than 28,000 grade 12 students sitting for their examinations this week will have their selection by tertiary institutions made online for next year.

This will save the Government time and costs, Higher Education Research Science and Technology Minister Pila Niningi said.

A stakeholder seminar for online selections was held in Port Moresby on Friday to improve transparency, accountability and efficiency in the selection process.

“And most importantly increase the probability of capable and eligible school-leavers being admitted while ensuring institutions’ autonomy in the selection process is maintained,” Niningi said.

“We are approaching one of the most significant periods for our grade 12 school leavers. Selectors will again play a key role.

“The higher education sector has grown to such an extent that the way we select students must be improved.”

Niningi has noted high instances of dubious means of selecting students to high institutions.

“Let us admit that in the past there were students being selected through nepotism, through wantoks and they ride in,” he said.

“Now we have launched an online selection process, the system itself will select students to enrol in institutions so this is a step forward to minimise the practice.”

Niningi said the online selection would reduce costs and save time as well.

“In the past, selection of students cost us through hotel bills, airfares and everything else, people coming in from all over the country. We will save K5 million by online selection,” he said.

“I was concerned about the delay, the time students to wait.

“We believe that through the online selection, the same day they will get the information back so the students are not kept in suspense and they know that they have an alternative choice to check out.

“That is why we wanted to help our young people to give the information back quickly.”

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