The national government is seriously looking at introducing legislative reforms to the Higher Education Act 1983 to achieve quality education.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said the National Executive Council (NEC) recently endorsed the foundation for this legislative reform.
Mr. O’Neill said Cabinet also approved a proposed Higher Education General Provisions Bill 2013.
Under this bill, the NEC has also approved the establishment of a new Department of Higher Education, Research, Science, and Technology which will take over the roles currently performed by the Commission for Higher Education and the Office of Higher Education.
Mr. O’Neill said the national government is seriously looking at introducing legislative reforms to the Higher Education Act 1983 to achieve quality education.
He said Cabinet also approved a proposed Higher Education General Provisions Bill 2013 which will be tabled in the November seating. Once passed, this legislation will repeal the Higher Education Act 1983.
This new Bill has been prepared to update the provisions of the 1983 Act to better reflect PNG’s current needs for quality in higher and technical education and more coordinated development of national capabilities in research, science and technology.
The new legislation will clarify requirements for the approval of new institutions, including new universities and improve the quality of existing institutions.
Mr. O’Neill said this change was well, overdue as the 1983 Act which establishes the CHE and OHE has no requirement for the accountability and performance of institutions of higher learning.
He said under the old Act, the jurisdiction of the CHE extends to ‘declared’ institutions such as those who receive government funding.
Mr. O’Neill said much has changed in the country and Higher Education since 1983.
The Prime Minister said the reform aims to bring about a legal and regulatory environment that encourages innovation and achievement, promoting quality, improving institutional and organizational accountability and advancing research, science and technology. EMTV
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