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Inductions for Parliamentarians This Week

By : Post Courier

Parliament will be rife with activity this week starting today with a weeklong induction program for members of Parliament in the lead up to the opening of the 10th Parliament.

Members will be briefed on protocol, etiquette, rules, regulations and procedures of Parliament by the Parliamentary Services led by Clerk, Mr Kala Aufa as well as other functions of State by selected State agencies.

Speaker Mr Job Pomat will also address members at the State Function room.

The Ombudsman Commission is billed this morning to introduce the duties and responsibilities as provided for under the Leadership Code while the Auditor General will run new members through the need for accountability in the use of public funds.

The Constitution, Law & Reform Commission and the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates Commission will also address members on the roles of their respective agencies.

The Chief Secretary will lead departments to brief members on Tuesday including Internal Revenue commission, National Economic and Fiscal Commission and National Executive Council.

Members will tour the LNG Processing site on Thursday.

During the week selected companies and departments will put up stalls within Parliament precincts to make available to Members and visitors their wares.

The Official Opening of the 10th Parliament will proceed at 10am on Tuesday, August 22.

Order of proceedings on Tuesday will include a Guard of Honor from the 1st Royal Pacific Island Regiment and the combined Police and Correctional Services band.

After various dignitaries arrive and are escorted to their respected places the Governor General will take his position on the dais for the royal salute and the band will play God save the Queen after which there will be a 19 gun salute followed by the National Anthem which will be sung by students from Ted Diro Primary School.

Members will then enter Parliament and take their seats. The Speaker will seek the concurrence of all members to admit the Chief Justice and other judges into the chamber and having received an “Ayes” vote will do so.

The Governor General will be admitted next where he will take the Speaker’s chair and address the Parliament before declaring the 10th Parliament open.

After the official opening Members and guests will retire to the State Function room for refreshments. There will be some singsing groups on site to bring color to the event.

Counting for NCD starts..

July 6, 2017 BY PRISCILLA HARRY

Counting for the National Capital District four seats will start today after a five-day delay.

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato said last night that counting for Moresby South, Moresby Northwest and National Capital

District Regional will start this morning. Counting for the Moresby Northeast will start after lunch following issues over allowances for counting officials, Mr Gamato said.

NCD election manager, Alwyn Jimmy, confirmed earlier that counting for Moresby Northwest and NCD Regional will take place at Rita Flynn Netball Stadium, counting for Moresby South will be at Kilakila High School and for Moresby Northeast at the Sir John Guise Indoor Stadium.

Mr Jimmy said officials have been divided into three shifts and a total of 36 boxes must be completed in each of the shifts.

The declaration of the four seats in NCD – three Open and one Regional – is expected next week.

More than 300 officers received their one-day training on the limited preferential vote (LPV) code of ethics in Port Moresby yesterday.

The Rita Flynn Courts was flooded with officials who participated in the one-day mock counting preparations to familiarise themselves with the procedure of counting ballot papers in a minimum scheduled number of days.

Mr Jimmy urged all officials to be trustworthy and honest during this process in order for transparency to prevail.

“We don’t want any foul business here because I expect to declare the election results next week,” he said. “What is in the ballot boxes is already decided by the people and it is our job to only facilitate,” he added.

Mr Jimmy said he has allocated each team to be divided into three groups for counting to progress until Sunday.

He noted concerns by some candidates about setting up CCTVs in the counting zones, but this depended on money and availability of equipment “otherwise counting must go on as scheduled”.

“Scrutineers at the all counting sites will be closely monitored by police and security personnel as well as the Electoral Commission officers on duty, who will be checked thoroughly before entering the counting zones,” Mr Jimmy said.

Secondary Schools be brought under Office of Higher Education – Czuba

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.

NBC News
Read more: http://news.pngfacts.com/2017/05/secondary-schools-i n-png-to-be.html#ixzz4iQqVJO8D

Australian Academics To Visit UNRE

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.

PM: Sector No Longer All Boys’ Club

BY: Charles Yapum

The public service in the country is no longer an all boys’ club, says Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

“The public service is now based on the skills, experience and education that individuals possess,” O’Neill said on Monday.

He was speaking at the 2017 Pacific Public Service Commissioners Conference (PPSCC) launching in Port Moresby.

The three-day conference starts today.

“In Papua New Guinea, we are going into quite a change taking place not only in our infrastructure development and growth of our economy but the reforms we are making in the public sector structure,” O’Neill said.

“I inherited a government who was embarking on rightsizing and downsizing the public service machinery in the country.

“What it simply means is sacking everybody, in a simplest form of words.

“When I led the government for the last 6 years, our aim was to rebuild the public service and not necessarily to put people out of work, but reskill them so they will continue to perform better to the expectations of our people.

“As the modern world continues to bring more challenges, particularly changes that are taking place in technology and management skills that are required to meet those changes, it is important that we give our people the opportunity to upgrade their skills in the public services so they can continue to provide the services that we continue to demand.

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“That is why it is important that the public service machinery is continuously reformed and updated to meet those challenges.”

The PM pointed out that one of the hurdles in Papua New Guinea is lack of skilled personnel.

“That is why our government has continued to invest in education, as one of our four core priority in the last 6 years,” O’Neill said.

PPSCC began in 2004 and provides and avenue for Pacific Public Service Commissioners to discuss public sector issues, share information and experiences, and cooperate to promote public service excellence for the Pacific.

It comprises commissioners from Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Juffa Backs TFF, Says Need Improvement

May 23, 2017 – Post Courier
FREE EDUCATION

 

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.