NORTHERN Province Governor Gary Juffa wants to see education services improve in his province.
He says Oro Province has experienced poor infrastructure, neglect from leaders, absence of a proper provincial education board for three years, bad management of schools, poor teaching standards and low pass rate.
“Oro is in bad shape. It is time to overhaul and invest in human resources. It is time to rebuild our education sector,” said the governor.
He has dispatched a team to Madang Teachers College to sign up more than 20 Oro students who had been financed by the provincial government and will be graduating this year.
The governor accompanied the team which comprised of provincial executive council sector chairman Herbert Isemba, Charles Soso, standards officer, and Gilchrist Babako, acting standards officer.
He spoke to more than 30 graduating students about the importance of educating the people and making sacrifices to educate the population.
“Education is a primary pillar of development,” the governor stated in his speech to the students,’’ he said.
“An educated population will be a population that can move to develop an economy and is a population that can understand threats and opportunities to society and that can make informed decisions and understand Government intentions and support them.
“I intend not only to educate our children but also our adults.
“Oro government is determined to fill all 200 teaching vacancies and improve the infrastructure of all schools including housing for teachers and build new schools.”
It has most recently appointed a provincial education board and has commenced developing plans to review the state of the education sector in the province.
The education sector intends to run a management course for all teachers coming to the province to educate them about professionalism, dress, punctuality, good work habits and healthy living. The education sector is also being empowered with a building and construction unit to build houses for teachers the education board would also develop a policy to pay additional wages to teachers as an incentive to working in the province.
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