Concerns regarding the decline in academic standards at the University of Papua New Guinea’s school of medicine and healthsciences by the medical fraternity has also reached the floor of Parliament.
On Friday, Kandep MP Don Polye asked the Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Malakai Tabar on what plans the minister had to lift the standard of the school of medicine and health sciences. Mr Polye also asked if tertiary intuitions had compatible accreditation program and if the Government’s modernisation program for universities was working.
Mr Tabar said the questions raised were major issues also raised at caucus on Friday. The minister also discussed same issues with the medical fraternity at the medical symposium last week.
He said his department will work on improving the quality of graduates from the medical faculty. The department is in talks with the Department of Personnel Management to look into improvements for dual salary for staff.
"We would like to open up and build few more universities which are in the pipeline but we also have a responsibility that the current existing universities are assisted with financial resources so that they can increased their intake in 2015 by just so many placing," Mr Tabar told parliament.
Also on the accreditation program, the minister said the department and line agencies are collaborating to make sure there are qualified standards and with information paper available on this.
Regarding the modernisation program he said a 2011-2012 audit pointed out some problems which the minister did not specify but asked institutions to take care of money so that the government can look after them providing that with improved facilities and staff and equipment. He said there is a major pathway in addressing the country’s universities.
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