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Showing posts with label Technical Education. Show all posts

How to Apply to Goroka Technical College | Grade 12 School Leaver and Non-school Leaver

Goroka Technical College, previously known as Goroka Business College, is located in North Goroka, in close proximity to the campus of the University of Goroka. Goroka Technical College offers two main courses. 

In this article, we will provide you with information about the courses available and guide you on how to apply to Goroka Technical College as a Grade 12 school leaver and also as a non-school leaver


Courses at Goroka Technical College:

Goroka Technical College admits 200 Grade 12 school leavers annually through the DHERST national online application system (NOAS). Also, if you are a former Grade 12 student or have completed studies through FODE, you can also apply as a non-school leaver to the college. 

The courses offered at the college include:

1. Diploma in Business Studies

2. TTC Vehicle Trade

There are 150 spaces available for the Diploma in Business Studies program and 50 spaces for the TTC Vehicle Trade program. These figures are based on the recently released Grade 12 School Leavers Intake list by DHERST. 

If you are a non-school leaver, please visit Goroka Technical College or contact (see contact details below) the institution directly to obtain the application form and find out more about the application process for non-school leavers.

To get more information on Technical and Business Colleges in PNG, click here

 

Goroka Technical College application form PDF 2024


How to Apply to Goroka Technical College

For Grade 12 students, the application process involves using the DHERST National Online Application System (NOAS). It is important to discuss your interest in studying at Goroka Technical College with your school's deputy principal (Academic). 

The deputy principal will provide guidance as you complete the online school leavers form. 

Remember, you have the opportunity to select five choices, so be sure to include Goroka Technical College as one of your choices.

As for the non-school leavers, you will need to apply directly to the institution. Therefore, we recommend contacting the school to obtain an application form and additional information on how to apply to Goroka Technical College.


Contact Goroka Technical College

If you have any further inquiries or require assistance, please feel free to get in touch with Goroka Technical College using the contact details provided below:

  • Phone: +675 532 1039
  • Mobile: +675 72483051
  • Email: gkatechnical@gmail.com

Course details

1. Diploma in Business Studies:

This course equips students with the necessary skills and knowledge to thrive in a dynamic business environment. Throughout the program, students will learn fundamental principles of business, including management, marketing, finance, and entrepreneurship.

By enrolling in the Diploma in Business Studies program, students can develop essential skills such as:

  • effective communication, 
  • critical thinking, 
  • problem-solving, and 
  • decision-making. 

These skills are highly valued in the business sector and can open doors to a wide range of career opportunities. 

Graduates of this program can pursue careers in business administration, marketing, human resources, finance, and other related fields. 

The graduates can also continue to universities in PNG to study business-related courses.


2. TTC Vehicle Trade:

The TTC Vehicle Trade program offered at Goroka Technical College is designed for individuals interested in pursuing a career in the automotive industry. This program focuses on developing practical skills and theoretical knowledge related to vehicle maintenance, repair, and servicing.


Students enrolled in the TTC Vehicle Trade program will gain hands-on experience in areas such as:

  • engine diagnostics, 
  • electrical systems, 
  • brake systems, 
  • suspension, and 
  • general vehicle maintenance. 
The curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including automotive technology, workshop safety, vehicle inspection, and customer service.

Upon completion of the TTC Vehicle Trade program, graduates will have the necessary skills to work as automotive technicians, mechanics, or service advisors in automotive repair shops, car dealerships, or other related industries. 

This program provides students with a solid foundation for a successful career in the automotive sector.

Note: For more detailed information about the specific courses, including course duration, admission requirements, and curriculum, please contact Goroka Technical College directly using the provided contact details.


Study at Goroka Technical College 

Whether you are a Grade 12 school leaver or a non-school leaver, the college offers courses that can help you build a successful career. 

Take the necessary steps to apply and seize the opportunity to acquire valuable skills and knowledge at Goroka Technical College.

Study at Don Bosco Simbu Technical College in 2024

Don Bosco Simbu Technical College, renowned for its exceptional academic programs, experienced faculty, and cutting-edge facilities, offers a wide range of courses to prepare students for successful careers in various technical fields. 

Whether you aspire to become a skilled carpenter, welder, automotive technician, or pursue a business-related career, this college provides the ideal institution to acquire practical skills and knowledge that will propel you toward a career in the technical-skill sector.


Courses Offered

Don Bosco Simbu Technical College offers the following courses:

1. Carpentry and Construction

2. Metal Fabrication and Welding

3. Diploma and Certificate in Automotive Technology

4. Diploma and Certificate in Electrotechnology

5. Diploma in Maintenance Fitting and Machining

6. Business Studies in Accounting

7. Business Studies in Management


Eligibility

To apply for the certificate courses, you should have a minimum Grade 10 qualification without any failing marks. 

For diploma and business courses, a Grade 12 qualification is required. Additionally, a good Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 and above is expected.

For self-sponsored students, please contact the college for more information via the phone number and email provided below.

Don Bosco Simbu Technical College Application Form PDF download and Contacts


How to Apply as a Non-School Leaver

If you are a non-school leaver, applying for admission to Don Bosco Simbu Technical College is a straightforward process. The college is run by the Catholic Mission and they are pretty effective when it comes to getting questions answered.

Simply contact the college to request an application form. 

You can reach out to the college administration by calling the following numbers: 7955 5665 or 7330 2768. 

Alternatively, you can send an email to dbsimbutc@gmail.com. The college will provide you with the necessary application form and guide you through the application process.


How to Apply as a Grade 12 School Leaver

Each year, Don Bosco Simbu Technical College take in 140 Grade 12 intake, half of which are female students, from all over the country. Check out the 2023 selection list showing this data and data for other technical colleges in PNG.

For Grade 12 school leavers, the application process is conducted through the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science, and Technology (DHERST) online application system. 

Visit the DHERST website and follow the instructions to complete the online application form. 

Make sure to select Don Bosco Simbu Technical College as your preferred institution during the application process. After submitting your application, you must do well in the Grade 12 examinations to be selected via the DHERST online selection for 2024.


Don Bosco Simbu Technical College

The Don Bosco Simbu Technical College is the ideal choice for students aspiring to pursue technical courses and embark on a rewarding career path. 

Don't miss out on this chance to shape your future! 

For more information and any queries you may have, please contact the college administration at the following numbers: 7955 5665 or 7330 2768, or email dbsimbutc@gmail.com.

Leave a comment below if you have further questions about how to apply to Don Bosco Simbu Technical College.

Madang Technical College 2023 Acceptance List PDF

 The Department of Higher Education Research Science and Technology (DHERST) released the FULL list of School Leavers for all the tertiary institutions in the country on the 23rd of December 2022.

 Madang Technical College Selection List 2023

Here is Madang Technical College selections list 2022 for 2023 academic year. 

Download the PDF files and check your selection status. (If you want to find your name quickly, see below how to use to SLF number to do that)

DOWNLOAD MTC SELECTION LIST 2023

Madang Technical College 2023 Non-School Leavers Acceptance List PDF




How to download  Madang Technical College NSL Selection List 2023

Tips for checking your NSL selection status:
  • 1) Download the PDF file
  • 2) In the 'Find' bar (smartphones) or 'Search bar (PC/Mac)m enter your SLF number
  • 3) Hit 'Enter' to check your selection status. 

If your SLF number does not appear, it means that you are not being selected to  Madang Technical College.

 Madang Technical College TESAS (HECAS & AES)

MTC will also release its final NSL list for the new academic year on its website. On the list, you'll be able to see your TESAS (HECAS & AES) status, registrations and orientation dates and fees.

Therefore, check with the institution for the 2023 selections lists which usually come out in January.

Here is what DHERST said about this year's selections...

All the selected students are advised to seek your Admission or Acceptance Letter with the tertiary institution that has selected you. ....by now, most institutions should be posting or emailing you your Admission or Acceptance Letters.

As for the School Leavers selections for 2023, here is what DHERST said...

Post-selection is still in progress through the National Admission Pool. Eligible students who did not secure a space on the selection launching day should check your NOAS account on a regular basis to see whether or not you have been sent an offer by an institution. Should you find an offer in your NOAS account, kindly accept or decline the offer by clicking on the relevant button.


DHERST TESAS (HECAS & AES) and HELP Notice

Here is what DHESRT said about the PNG government scholarships, TESAS and HELP...

The TESAS list will be published on the 3rd week of January 2023 and the TESAS Scholarship Offer Letter will be provided to the TESAS awardees by DHERST through your respective NOAS account. If you find your name under a TESAS scholarship (AES or HECAS) category, make sure to access your NOAS account to accept the terms and conditions of your TESAS scholarship.

The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) is available to all students regardless of whether you are on TESAS or not. To be eligible for the loan, interested applicants must become registered students by complying with the tertiary institutions' admission or registration policies.

For more information about the selections, HELP or TESAS, please do not hesitate to contact our office via email noassupport@dherst.gov.pg, help@dherst.gov.pg; call 301 2000; or visit the office in person at the NSLS Haus, DHERST Ground Floor Office.

Disclaimer: The list was published by DHERST, you can see the original file on the higher education website. PNG Insight makes the file available in PDF for ease of viewing on mobile devices here. If you have any questions, contact DHERST. See the original file here - DHERST website.

Hagen Technical College 2023 Acceptance List PDF

The Department of Higher Education Research Science and Technology (DHERST) released the FULL list of School Leavers for all the tertiary institutions in the country on the 23rd of December 2022.

Hagen Technical College Selection List 2023

Here is Hagen Technical College selections list 2022 for 2023 academic year. 

Download the PDF files and check your selection status. (If you want to find your name quickly, see below how to use to SLF number to do that)

DOWNLOAD Hagen Technical College SELECTION LIST 2023

Hagen Technical College 2023 Non-School Leavers Acceptance List PDF

How to download HTC Selection List 2023

Tips for checking your selection status:
  • 1) Download the PDF file
  • 2) In the 'Find' bar (smartphones) or 'Search bar (PC/Mac)m enter your SLF number
  • 3) Hit 'Enter' to check your selection status. 

If your SLF number does not appear, it means that you are not being selected to Mt. Hagen Technical College.

Hagen Technical College Acceptance List 2023 

HTC will also release its final list for the new academic year on its website & Facebook. On the list, you'll be able to see your TESAS (HECAS & AES) status, registrations and orientation dates and fees.

Therefore, check with the institution for the 2023 selections lists which usually come out in January.

Here is what DHERST said about this year's Non-School Leavers selections...

All the selected students are advised to seek your Admission or Acceptance Letter with the tertiary institution that has selected you. ....by now, most institutions should be posting or emailing you your Admission or Acceptance Letters.

As for the School Leavers selections for 2023, here is what DHERST said...

Post-selection is still in progress through the National Admission Pool. Eligible students who did not secure a space on the selection launching day should check your NOAS account on a regular basis to see whether or not you have been sent an offer by an institution. Should you find an offer in your NOAS account, kindly accept or decline the offer by clicking on the relevant button.


DHERST TESAS (HECAS & AES) and HELP Notice

Here is what DHESRT said about the PNG government scholarships, TESAS and HELP...

The TESAS list will be published on the 3rd week of January 2023 and the TESAS Scholarship Offer Letter will be provided to the TESAS awardees by DHERST through your respective NOAS account. If you find your name under a TESAS scholarship (AES or HECAS) category, make sure to access your NOAS account to accept the terms and conditions of your TESAS scholarship.

The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) is available to all students regardless of whether you are on TESAS or not. To be eligible for the loan, interested applicants must become registered students by complying with the tertiary institutions' admission or registration policies.

For more information about the selections, HELP or TESAS, please do not hesitate to contact our office via email noassupport@dherst.gov.pg, help@dherst.gov.pg; call 301 2000; or visit the office in person at the NSLS Haus, DHERST Ground Floor Office.

Disclaimer: The list was published by DHERST, you can see the original file on the higher education website. PNG Insight makes the file available in PDF for ease of viewing on mobile devices here. If you have any questions, contact DHERST. See the original file here - DHERST website.

Madang Technical College 2023 Acceptance List PDF

 The Department of Higher Education Research Science and Technology (DHERST) released the FULL list of School Leavers for all the tertiary institutions in the country on the 23rd of December 2022.

Madang Technical College 2023 Acceptance  List PDF

Here is the Madang Technical College acceptance list 2022 for 2023 academic year. 

Download the PDF files and check your selection status. (If you want to find your name quickly, see below how to use to SLF number to do that)

DOWNLOAD Madang Technical College SELECTION LIST 2023

DOWNLOAD Madang Technical College NSL SELECTION LIST 2023




How to download Madang Technical College 2023 Selection List PDF

Tips for checking your selection status:
  • 1) Download the PDF file
  • 2) In the 'Find' bar (smartphones) or 'Search bar (PC/Mac)m enter your SLF number
  • 3) Hit 'Enter' to check your selection status. 

If your SLF number does not appear, it means that you are not being selected to Madang Technical College.

Madang Technical College 2023 Acceptance PDF List

Madang Technical College will also release its final list for the new academic year on its website. On the list, you'll be able to see your TESAS (HECAS & AES) status, registrations and orientation dates and fees.

Therefore, check with the institution for the 2023 acceptance lists which usually come out in January.

Here is what DHERST said about this year's Non-School Leavers selections...

All the selected students are advised to seek your Admission or Acceptance Letter with the tertiary institution that has selected you. ....by now, most institutions should be posting or emailing you your Admission or Acceptance Letters.

As for the School Leavers selections for 2023, here is what DHERST said...

Post-selection is still in progress through the National Admission Pool. Eligible students who did not secure a space on the selection launching day should check your NOAS account on a regular basis to see whether or not you have been sent an offer by an institution. Should you find an offer in your NOAS account, kindly accept or decline the offer by clicking on the relevant button.


DHERST TESAS (HECAS & AES) and HELP Notice

Here is what DHESRT said about the PNG government scholarships, TESAS and HELP...

The TESAS list will be published on the 3rd week of January 2023 and the TESAS Scholarship Offer Letter will be provided to the TESAS awardees by DHERST through your respective NOAS account. If you find your name under a TESAS scholarship (AES or HECAS) category, make sure to access your NOAS account to accept the terms and conditions of your TESAS scholarship.

The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) is available to all students regardless of whether you are on TESAS or not. To be eligible for the loan, interested applicants must become registered students by complying with the tertiary institutions' admission or registration policies.

For more information about the selections, HELP or TESAS, please do not hesitate to contact our office via email noassupport@dherst.gov.pg, help@dherst.gov.pg; call 301 2000; or visit the office in person at the NSLS Haus, DHERST Ground Floor Office.

Disclaimer: The list was published by DHERST, you can see the original file on the higher education website. PNG Insight makes the file available in PDF for ease of viewing on mobile devices here. If you have any questions, contact DHERST. See the original file here - DHERST website.

National Polytechnic Institute of PNG (POLY TECH) Selection List 2023

The Department of Higher Education Research Science and Technology (DHERST) released the FULL list of School Leavers for all the tertiary institutions in the country on the 23rd of December 2022.

National Polytechnic Institute of PNG (Poly Tech) Selection List 2023

Here is the National Polytechnic Institute of PNG school leavers' selections list 2022 for 2023 academic year. 

Download the PDF files and check your selection status. (If you want to find your name quickly, see below how to use to SLF number to do that)

DOWNLOAD POLY TECH  SELECTION LIST 2023

National Polytechnic Institute of PNG


How to download National Polytechnic Institute (POLY TECH) Selection List 2023

Tips for checking your NSL selection status:
  • 1) Download the PDF file
  • 2) In the 'Find' bar (smartphones) or 'Search bar (PC/Mac)m enter your SLF number
  • 3) Hit 'Enter' to check your selection status. 

If your SLF number does not appear, it means that you are not being selected to the National Polytechnic Institute of PNG.

National Polytechnic Institute of PNG - Poly Tech

POLY TECH will also release its final NSL list for the new academic year on its website. On the list, you'll be able to see your TESAS (HECAS & AES) status, registrations and orientation dates and fees.

Therefore, check with the institution for the 2023 school leavers selections lists which usually come out in January.

Here is what DHERST said about this year's School Leavers selections...

All the selected students are advised to seek your Admission or Acceptance Letter with the tertiary institution that has selected you. ....by now, most institutions should be posting or emailing you your Admission or Acceptance Letters.

As for the School Leavers selections for 2023, here is what DHERST said...

Post-selection is still in progress through the National Admission Pool. Eligible students who did not secure a space on the selection launching day should check your NOAS account on a regular basis to see whether or not you have been sent an offer by an institution. Should you find an offer in your NOAS account, kindly accept or decline the offer by clicking on the relevant button.


DHERST TESAS (HECAS & AES) and HELP Notice

Here is what DHESRT said about the PNG government scholarships, TESAS and HELP...

The TESAS list will be published on the 3rd week of January 2023 and the TESAS Scholarship Offer Letter will be provided to the TESAS awardees by DHERST through your respective NOAS account. If you find your name under a TESAS scholarship (AES or HECAS) category, make sure to access your NOAS account to accept the terms and conditions of your TESAS scholarship.

The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) is available to all students regardless of whether you are on TESAS or not. To be eligible for the loan, interested applicants must become registered students by complying with the tertiary institutions' admission or registration policies.

For more information about the selections, HELP or TESAS, please do not hesitate to contact our office via email noassupport@dherst.gov.pg, help@dherst.gov.pg; call 301 2000; or visit the office in person at the NSLS Haus, DHERST Ground Floor Office.

Disclaimer: The list was published by DHERST, you can see the original file on the higher education website. PNG Insight makes the file available in PDF for ease of viewing on mobile devices here. If you have any questions, contact DHERST. See the original file here - DHERST website.

Asian Development Bank Funds TVET Schools in PNG

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing K174 million worth of support to improve the Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sub-sector in Papua New Guinea.

Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST) Secretary Dr Francis Hualupmomi told The National that 10 out of the 22 TVET institutes recognised by the department would be benefiting from the total of K233 million TVET for an employment project.

“After we sign today (yesterday), funding will be released as soon as the accounts are open next year after March,” he said.

He pointed out that DHERST would be the implementing agency of the funding, with the PNG Government putting up US$6.3 million (K21 million), the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade US10 million (K34 million) and a concessional loan of US$50 million (K174 million) from ADB.

The 10 colleges earmarked to benefit from the project are:

  1. Port Moresby Technical College, 
  2. Bougainville Technical College, 
  3. Madang Technical College, 
  4. Mt Hagen Technical College, 
  5. Highlands Agricultural College, 
  6. Goroka Technical College, 
  7. PNG National Polytechnic Institute, 
  8. West New Britain Technical College, 
  9. Western Province Technical College and
  10.  Don Bosco Simbu Technical College.

“They were selected through the external market assessment conducted by ADB. They did their own assessment and then selected those 10 colleges and they will eventually become polytechnic institutions,” Hualupmomi said.

The specific focus of the project will be on investing in the upskilling of construction and agriculture skills.

This was in line with the government’s priority goals of the Medium Term Development Plans IV to ensure that all school leavers were educated and trained under the ‘No Child Left Behind’ policy.

SourceNational Newspaper 15/12/2022

This article appeared in the National Newspaper. It is a topic we have been following. We parked it here so that our visitors can read it here. 

Technical Colleges Acceptance and Admission 2024 Info

Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) provides relevant practical skills, attitudes, knowledge and understanding relating to the skills needed in various sectors of the formal and informal economy in Papua New Guinea.

There are nine functioning technical colleges in Papua New Guinea taking in grade 12 school leavers, matriculation students and non-school leavers annually. 

This article gives insights into Technical Colleges School Leavers' and Non-school Leavers' Acceptance Lists 2024.

Technical Colleges School Leavers' and Non-school Leavers' application form PDF


How many Business Colleges are in PNG?

Note that we left out over 134 vocational and technical schools on this list. 

The 9 business technical colleges below are well-run and recognised technical institutions we thought you should know.
  • 1. Don Bosco Technological Institute
  • 2. Port Moresby Technical College
  • 3. Madang Technical College
  • 4. Don Bosco Simbu Technical College
  • 5. Mt Hagen Technical College
  • 6. Goroka Technical College
  • 7. Poly Technic Institute of Papua New Guinea
  • 8. University Of Technology Bulolo Campus (Forestry)  
  • 9. Don Bosco Simbu Technical College
The Technical and Business Colleges in PNG offer courses full-time courses for those who have completed Grade 12. They also offer extension courses for apprenticeship training and short courses to provide further opportunities for youths and those already in the workforce.

Check out the complete list of colleges in PNG. There is a lot of information for Grade 12 and non-school leavers who are looking for study opportunities.

2024 Acceptance List for Business Colleges

The 2024 acceptance lists for the technical colleges in PNG usually come out at the earliest in January or latest in February every year.

If you are a non-school leaver, you'll have to check with the college. As for the Grade 12 school leavers, you must check the DHERST acceptance list 2024. 

Business Colleges School Leavers and Non-school Leaves Acceptance List 2024

DHERST acceptance list 2024 will have the names of the 2022 Grade 12 students who apply through the National Online Application System (NOAS). 

The Grade 12 students who applied to one of the business colleges in PNG must check their names on the PDF list that DHERST releases.

Check with the college if you are a non-school leaver and applicant from FODE and Open College. 

The original Non-school Leaves Acceptance List 2024 will be available at the college. The college selects the non-school leavers and gives the names to DHERST. The final TESAS Awards list often comes out at the end of January or early February.

DHERST School Leavers and Non-school Leaves Acceptance List 2024

The acceptance list is the final PDF list of school leavers' and non-school leavers' names. On this list, you'll see the TESAS scholarship status of students selected to study at a business college in PNG.

The list shows the students' names and indicates whether the students are sponsored or self-sponsored. 

If you are a sponsored student, you come under TESAS (either as AES or HECAS). 

The students who are not under TESAS are considered self-sponsored students. That means that you'll have to pay the fees before admission. Pay early to secure your spot early. 

Career pathways from schools to TVET to employment 

The TVET courses are developed in close consultation with the National Apprenticeship and Trade Testing Board, National Training Council, Industry, Provincial Governments and the community. All courses are accredited through the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

There are career pathways from schools to TVET to employment and for some further higher education and training.
 
Though is an increasing awareness of the need for relevant skills training, the PNG government need to do more in this area.

TVET: Technical, vocational education and training are key to developing Papua New Guinea formal and informal sectors.

Quality Education: Secretary Recounts Achievements | Papua New Guinea Education Department

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INTRODUCTION

On behalf of the Department of Education, I send Christmas Greetings to all our students and their families, teachers and school administrators and our important stakeholders like the development partners, churches, Non-Government Organizations (NGO) and service providers who supported us in our efforts to provide quality education and training for our children in Papua New Guinea.

I acknowledge the minister for education Hon. Joseph Yopyyopy for his elevation during the change of government and taking up the challenge with the Ministry as a political head. He has served humbly for the past 6 to 7 months with patience and with a spirit of servanthood.

We acknowledge the services of all the officers who passed on this year while providing vital services in their capacities and being committed to the education sector.

Also, at this juncture, we recognize and salute the retirees who will leave the Education Department for their commitment, dedication and tireless effort for their roles and responsibilities in the development of the education sector.

This year a total of eighteen (18) officers will be retiring while the second batch of retirees will leave next year (2020).

Our vision is to provide quality education and training to every citizen in the country. This year we have aspired and advocated our overarching theme to ‘Christian and Values Education for a Better Future.’

We exist to serve the parents, teachers, students and schools so that every Papua New Guineans is given a fair opportunity in education to achieve a better future.

On behalf of the Minister and the Office of the Secretary, I like to acknowledge and thank everyone for contributing to the long-term vision that is to improve the quality of education to every citizen for a better future.

We as public servants are here to serve our people in good and bad times, in rough and calm times, in happy and sad times. We survive to serve our people.

I’m grateful and satisfied that with the guidance of GOD Almighty and the leadership of the Minister, Top Management, line managers, staff and with the partner organizations, development partners and of course the spouses and children with your support and perseverance, we have all worked hard to make this year a success.

We have achieved a lot in terms of policy development and implementation as we remain resilient and strong despite the challenges.

ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2019

Let me highlight some of the accomplishments made this year.

First, the development and implementation of Standard Based Curriculum which we started in 2015. I am pleasured to announce that by 2020 we will complete the whole cycle of the SBC.

This year the officers have worked tirelessly with the leadership of Mr Walipe Wingi, ‘Mrs Annemaria Kona and Mr Steven Tandale for ensuring that the Secondary school curriculum is completed. We thank CDD for your patience and hard work for the completion of this important task despite the challenges faced.

All the curriculum materials that are developed is PNG made. It is something we all must be proud off for the children in the country.

Secondly, we acknowledge that work put in by the Policy & Planning Division for spearheading the ‘1-6-6 school structure’ and completion of the next ‘10-year Education Plan’.

Also, the completion of the ‘Corporate Plan’ which the Minister launched and the implementation of the ‘School Learning Improvement Plan (SLIP).’

Thirdly, to the Guidance and Counselling Division and the leadership for the development of the ‘Scout Policy’ and the ‘Behaviour Management Policy.’

Credits go to the Research & Revaluation Division, Policy & Planning Division, and Guidance Division and other line divisions that contributed enormously to develop the ‘Early Childhood Policy.’ The policy will be launched by the Minister before the end of the year.

Another milestone policy that was developed for the Secondary sector is the ‘National Schools of Excellence Policy.’ The policy is already approved by the National Executive Council and will be launched soon.

TVET Sector also has finalized and updated the ‘Technical Secondary Schools Policy.’ The National Examinations held this year was a success with no major problems.

The Finance Division must be thanked for commitments, despite the pressure in sorting all our claims. They worked tirelessly to ensure our tasks flow smoothly.

I personally acknowledge the commitment everyone in the department has put in. Next year all the divisions will have increases in their recurrent budgets. For example, the Curriculum Development Division’s budget will increase to cater for development, publishing and distributions of school materials.

Likewise, the Guidance Division will ensure that inspectors visit schools throughout the country.

In Tuition Fee Free (TFF) we have almost dispatched K600 million except for the last K100 million that is being held back to be released in early 2020. The TFF team in the department and the provinces must be acknowledged for making sure schools get their allocations.

This year we have decentralized the TFF functions to the provinces. We had successfully given the functions to 5 provinces namely New Ireland, East New Britain, Milne Bay, Morobe and Enga. These provinces were able to ensure all their schools received their funds.

The Department will be passing on the functions to other provinces in the country who are ready to take on the responsibilities.

Lastly, the Department has really embraced the advancement of technology. This year we have developed the ‘Document Management System Application.’ We are now converting all our hard copies of documents to e-copies so all our documents can be accessed by the press of the computer button.

We have also developed and launched “My Payslip Application’ The public servants and teachers can now access their current payslips online. ‘My PNG School Application’ is another intervention that is now been implemented and rolled out with officers from headquarter visiting provinces to impart the use of the system.

With the NID project, we have almost 30,000 teachers registered and working closely with the NID office to ensure all the remaining teachers are recorded. In 2020 all teachers will be required to attach their photos and NID numbers when submitting their resumption forms.

As many teachers have not yet received their NID this will take time however, photos will be a requirement on the forms next year.

CONCLUSION

I would like to conclude by once again acknowledge and thank the many long-serving officers and teachers who retire this year for your commitment and dedication to the education sector and wish you well in your future endeavours.

The onus is now on us to embrace the Government’s education developmental agendas to convalesce education for the betterment of the children of PNG into the future.

As we head into the New Year, I wish for all of us to share the same spirit of togetherness, ownership and teamwork to further enhance education to meet our overall goal of providing quality education and training for all.

Christmas is the time where families get together to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ joyously and peacefully.

Therefore, I wish you all a blessed and safe festive celebration and a prosperous happy new year 2020. May GOD Almighty continue to bless Papua New Guinea.

DR. UKE KOMBRA
PhD SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION

A Year In Review: Education and Politics in Papua New Guinea


Every year has been a challenging year for our country, both in education and politics. The political policies on education and how the government is 'setting the course' for the future of young men and women is one area of concern.


The O'Neill-Dion led government's efforts to improve education was, in fact, promoted by the tuition fee free (TFF) policy. Perhaps many people have seen it to be of 'some' double standard. On one hand is aimed to skew parents opinions. On the other, meet the millennium development goals (MDGs). 

The balance between a good government policy on education and one of preserving the interest of government of the day can only determined by the results. 


The government and education leaders should be commended for 'a few' good work they have done in 2015. But, they must be reminded that what they are doing must for the best interest of the country - young people first. 

The new year must bring blessing to our people. This can happen through a good education system, which is the one thing that matters the most. Many parents will agree that not just mass education, but a proper education is the best thing for their children.

A proper education can only be a proper education WHEN policy makers, including well-off parents, START sending their children to a - any - public school in the country. Also, an education system that outsiders would be tempted to send their kids to. This should happen sooner rather than later in our public schools.

One area needed much attention is vocational and technical training colleges. Strengthening manpower and infrastructure development at universities, vocational centres, technical colleges, institutes, seminaries and other  colleges  has to  come first. Focusing on Grades 8, 10 and 12 drop-outs was second to increasing retentions of students at primary and secondary schools this year. This must reverse to cater for the large number of students passing out.

One positive the country can take from here is the implementation the 12/13 recommendations of Ganim's report. Despite government accepting the recommendations in principle, there is more needed to be done in areas of teachers' appointment, salary, leave fares, retrenchment and other benefits. Government must remain true to its promise of funding to make the recommendations of the report come to fruition. 

It is time to leave politics out of education. K605 million allocation for the TFF has not been paid in full to schools. The government paid TFF money in quarterly instalments. TFF funds must be paid in wholesome rather than in parts so that school can continue without the need to remind government to pay up. Last quarter of 2015 - the last payment - was not done on time. 

Some schools prematurely closed for 2015 Christmas holiday, like Lae Secondary School. This must not happen in 2016.

I'll end here by summering the five changes that have been happening (planned to have happened) this year:

1) Policy change - Ganim report and its 12/13 recommendations have been accepted by NEC. Funds promised (and budgeted, if any)  must be released for this to happen. 

2) Curriculum Change - Standard Based Education replaced the controversial outcome based curriculum - change that came after the controversial OB curriculum (1993). A welcome change, but more awareness is required to freshen teachers' skills and ability to deliver revised Standard Based Curriculum. 

3) Structural Change (2-6-6) - this change was hinted to have taken effect in 2016. This change is not necessary, if it goes ahead. It would only complicate the whole system. We are likely to see secondary schools taking in grades 7 and 8.

4)  Phasing-out examinations at grade 8 and grade 10. Again, this change ( if it happens) is unnecessary. The education department would do well if it strengthens the examination processes. Reconsiders function of Measurement Service Division (MSD). Makes examinations at grade 8, 10 and 12  tough and secure. It is better to play it safe then taking a risk. Phasing-out exam is highly risky. There is no proof that letting students through without examinations is a better change.

5) Restructuring school of excellence (the national high schools). There is no clear plan. Little is known about what to do with the national high schools at this stage.

My one wish for next year (as far as educating young people is concerned) is to see the government giving prominence to developing vocational training and technical education, as well as other colleges and institutes in the country. It is time to FOCUS on Grades 8, 10 and 12 school leavers, time to give them a second chance. 


INSPIRED: Story of a young University student who became a truck driver


Updated 23rd December 2018

This story cuts through the topics I've been contemplating lately, apprenticeship and seeking for jobs in PNG. The story of a first year university student who left his accounting studies because he cannot afford the tuition fees.

Trained by a woman truck driver to be a truckie and find job in PNG trucking industry. I liked the story.

If only we could have a wide range of second chances like this, available to many young Papua New Guineans who are leaving school at Grades 8, 10 and 12.

Here is the story as seen on the Facebook group Humans of Papua New Guinea.

“I went to university to study accounting but ended up becoming a truck driver instead.”“How did that happen?”“After...
PNG needs a good numbers of readies and truckies in the PNG Job seeking area. Many well trained skill Papua New Guineans are in the mining and oil and gas sectors at present. But the country also need a good number of skill people in other areas.

Pathway For Grade 8 and 10: PNG Government To Increase Vocational Training Centres from 141 to 325, One LLG One VTC


Policy and documents on TVET
In 2013 there were 141 provincial vocational centres (up from 132 in 2009) and 9 technical and business colleges in Papua New Guinea. The number of colleges excludes Police College, Bible Institutes and others that have opened recently.

In fact, the need to improve Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) was well documented since 2005, evident in TVET policy 2005 [pdf]. The case study  by a Patrol Maino also provided a great deal of insight on expansion of TVET titled Efforts In Reorienting Technical Vocational Education & Training (TVET) System In Papua New Guinea (PNG) To The Global Economy [pdf, 2013]. The documents gave depth to developing TVET programs. 

These written documents explicitly echoed the need for government (who is the driving force for change) to invest in training at vocational level for Grade 8 and Grade 10 school leavers. Had the government and TVET division of education had done it right, there would be a good number of skilled workers in the country by now.


This does not mean either the government or the TVET division had done nothing. Actually they have done some fantastic jobs over the years. But, what is needed now is to take into account the HIGH number of students leaving school at the end of Grade 8 and Grade 10.


There is an urgent need to look into expanding capacity, finding avenues for job placements for vocational trainees and helping them to find their place in the society- an attractive package has to be developed for them now. 

There are no more that 150 semi funded vocational centres and technical secondary schools around - not enough to take in a good number of Grade 8 and 10 drop-outs. As a result, the TVET division must realise how important it has become of late.

The course work and curricula, workshop practicals, work placement and continuous training are the main areas needed both the government and TVET division of education (urgent) attention.

Government to put the money where its mouth is

Is it too late for the government to take an interest in this forgotten generation? The answer is no. It is not (never) too late. The need to harness the power of Grades 8 and 10 school-leavers is increasing as the number of these young people leaving school increases. If this population is left to its own, the nation will see a generation of unskilled young people who are good for nothing, but burdensome. 

Skills learnt early is vital. There is nothing wrong with the existing training provided at vocational and technical schools. The problem is that the national and provincial governments have been doing very little to improve vocational training in the country.

In the past, vocational training centres where set up to cater for the then Grade 6 school leavers. However, with the structural change [1993], Grades 8 and 10 school leavers have been competing for a space at vocational centres. Recent figures showed that 96% of Grade 8 and 94% of Grade 10 students drop out of school. These group of kids have little or no chance to enter a college, or institute or university. Many colleges and technical institutions are taking in Grade 12.


The Grades 8 and 10 are the ones who are in desperate need for attention. These are  the youths who between 15 and 18 years of age. We can not neglect them!

There is a genuine need for the government to develop a strong base by focusing on vocational training for students leaving at Grades 8 and 10. There is a difference between building a skilled and knowledgeable generation, and merely educating a population. Unless (and until) the politicians and education leaders see this difference, their attempt to achieve any development goals will be nothing but a wasted opportunity.

Each Local Level Government (LLG) to have a vocational training centre

To make a difference is to invest in those 15 to 18 years old. Is it too much to ask? Why not every Local Level Government is task with building its own vocational training centre? Why shouldn't each LLG have its own technical secondary school? Papua New Guinea has three hundred and twenty five (325) local level governmental boundaries. A government focused on developing its younger generation must also have 325 vocational centres - 141 is not enough. A responsible government must build 184 more vocational training centres. This is the right thing to do if PNG is to harness the power in this forgotten generation.


I would like to take a look at Pathway for Grade 12 – what is available for them and how the school leavers can be seen to have fitted into the system. This will be the next topic Teach Them How To Fish series on PNG Insight.

***Knowing how many of those institutions are available is not easy as no updated data is available online or I may not have seen any relevant data during my Internet search to compile this post. If you are reading this, you can do your part by including the institutions that are not available here – Wikipedia.


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