THE Central provincial education department has paid the 2014 fees for 13 primary school teachers from the province attending the Papua New Guinea Education Institute (PNGEI) in Port Moresby.
The Central provincial education department last Friday paid K40,500 to the institute for the boarding and lodging fees for the teachers.
The teachers are upgrading their teaching certificates to diploma level.
Central provincial education advisor Titus Romano said they had assisted teachers this way since 2009.
“We see this as the professional aspect of training our teachers.
“We are behind this programme and we will continue to subsidise their fees because we see that it is an avenue to help teachers upgrade themselves.”
Romano said the condition was that teachers must come back to teach in the province.
Newly-appointed chairman of the Central provincial education department Bona Ine’e said the new board would make sure that education in the province was improved and developed.
He said children at home would be given the right to attend classes.
“Being a teacher for the past five years, I have seen children in rural areas of Goilala, Rigo and Abau districts left to wander off classes because there are no teachers.
“We need to establish some kind of incentives to get teachers back into rural areas.
“Incentives that will boost teacher morale so that teachers are retained in rural areas to impart quality education to our children,” Ine’e said.
Primary unit manager and PNGEI representative Jennie Kome said teachers did not always have enough money and it was important that the Central provincial education department subsidise board and lodging fees for its teachers. The National
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