Staff Reporter – PNG Today
Plans are underway to have all the powers of secondary schools throughout the country transferred to the Department of Higher Education Research Science and Technology.
They currently come under the Department of Education.
Acting Secretary of Department of Higher Education Research Science and Technology Father Jan Czuba told NBC News, this is part of the department’s plans for the future.
“The full idea is to make sure that we maintain the quality of education.
“We are very much concerned that the high education sector cannot perform well if the primary and secondary are not doing well.
“We would like to implement a NEC decision of 1995.
“Teachers are very important in primary schools, but teachers coming from our colleges, the quality of education is lower and lower.
“We would like to implement new curriculum for teachers in teachers’ colleges, and we would like to focus too on centres of excellence in different provinces and regions.
“This will help them improve the curriculum, rehabilitate the current infrastructure and improve the learning and teaching environment,” Fr Jan said.
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26 May 2017 – Reports by HELEN TARAWA
Social media and its influence on public service were among the challenges that Pacific Public Service Commissioners discussed this week.
Department of Personnel Management Secretary John Kali told a press conference yesterday that social media was a challenge for the public service and that policies would be developed for guidelines.
“We will be looking at specific issues like impact of social media on transparency and the role of government,” he said
“Social media has been very influential in the way the governments have been run, so as a public service we want to look at how we can develop a policy around those issues.
“Citizen centric policy development, where we want to engage the public in terms of influencing policy, and how we capture the citizen and public perception of the public service.
“We are looking at the role of public servants and what role they must play in the social media.
“These are the perimeters that we must establish and provide some guidelines as public servants,” Kali said.
He said another major concern was service delivery through value and ethics-based leadership.
All leaders of the public service must have strong values and must be ethical in their conduct to be role models in service delivery.
The values include honesty, integrity, accountability, respect responsibility and wisdom which are universal and enshrined in the PNG Constitution.
“We’ve identified those issues as we move forward in addressing social media, gender and violence to remove from the work place,” Kali said.
Samoa Public Services Commissioner Vaosa Epa said the conference looked at ethics-based leadership framework that PNG had developed.
“The values that are being enshrined are going to be applied in all the different jurisdictions across the region as a guide to ethical leadership,” she said.
May 25, 2017 – Post Courier
Three Australian academics will be at the University of Natural Resources and Environment campus this week under the kina-for-kina (K4K) program, an innovative and collaborative new program established by the governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia to improve quality in higher education in PNG.
Professor Paul Gadek, Dr Rob Brown and Emma Kill will carry out a teaching quality assurance systems audit.
The review is a follow on from the external academic audit conducted at UNRE in 2013 by a group of academics from Australia and PNG, who identified a number of important areas that the university needed to improve.
These included how the university tries to control the quality of its teaching, how it regulates the content of its courses and carries out teaching and assessment.
UNRE vice-chancellor Professor John Warren said in addressing the problems, the university’s administration systems were reviewed and refreshed and a number of new teaching administration systems were introduced.
“If we are to genuinely make progress and improve it is important that we know if these new systems are working,” Prof Warren said.
He said this would be the task of the visiting academics – to determine if the new teaching administrations system are understood and are being used effectively so that further improvements could be made to increase quality.
Divine Word University and the University of Technology will also receive grants under the K4K program. One will improve its business programs while the other is targeting training for the development of teaching and learning.
Prof Warren said he believes K4K will support more highly skilled graduates as well as lecturers.
“The government of Papua New Guinea truly appreciates the K4K initiative because it is aimed directly at assisting the areas of education that will lead to good outcomes for students,” he said.
May 23, 2017 – Post Courier
Leader of Peoples Movement for Change Party and Oro governor Gary Juffa says he supports free education, but this policy needs a review for improvement to match world education standard.
“I support the Tuition Fee Free (TFF) policy, but it needs significant improvement. It was never properly designed and never took into consideration the need for additional supporting infrastructure such as classrooms for additional children and additional teacher’s houses for additional teachers.”
Mr Juffa said the constant delays in the funding had caused much misery in learning for children and a general decline in quality of education.
“Our children are poorly educated and our teachers treated terribly.”
“PMFC shall improve on the TFF policy by conducting reviews and designing it to be world class in quality.
“Schools need science laboratories and e-libraries. Teachers need world-class training and a significant improvement in their welfare. They are very important aspect of nation building, and this government has totally forgotten them. We won’t,” Mr Juffa said.
He was responding to a challenge made by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to his critics to come up with a better policy on education.
Mr O’Neill has said in Keapara at the heads of departments meeting that free education should be pushed to greater heights and not kicked out as suggested by his critics.
The only other critic is Opposition Leader and THE Party leader Don Polye, who claimed that the free education policy under the current government was not working and wanted a subsidised scheme for parents to share some fees from primary to Grade 12, and government to pay for tertiary and higher education.