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Papua New Guinea

No teachers will be attended to, says Jiram

BY JOAN BAILEY

NO primary school teachers will be served by any government officers this week at Morobe Provincial administration and the Division of Education.

This is the instruction from provincial program adviser Keith Jiram.

Mr Jiram said standard base curriculum (SBC) clusters training currently under way in the 71 clusters is very important and teachers should be attending the training and not going to the provincial headquarters for any school matters.

“I have instructed the officers to turn away any primary school teacher coming to the education office for any queries of tuition fee free money, school matters or collecting documents to get personal loans from banks, teachers’ service and loans and other financial service providers,” he said.

Mr Jiram said training rollout in the province is a very expensive exercise but Morobe has managed to make it happen for its teachers despite funding difficulties and teachers must attend the training.

He expects all primary school teachers to be at the SBC training while teachers from the elementary, high and secondary schools should be in the classroom teaching students.

“We will implement SBC for primary school next year and then plan for SBC training for high and secondary school teachers,” Mr Jiram said.

Morobe senior inspector for primary and elementary school Naikuli Tangui said the learning materials for the SBC should arrive in the province before the academic year ends.

“We are expecting containers of curriculum text books, teachers guide and other learning resources for primary and elementary schools to arrive, putting Morobe as the leading province in implementing the SBC according to the government’s education plan,’’ he said.

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