NINETY-seven new graduates from a private teachers’ college were admitted to the Papua New Guinea Teaching Services Commission (PNGTSC) in Port Moresby yesterday.
At the third graduation ceremony of the Bomana Sacred Heart Teachers’ College, principal legal officer Joel Nava said the inclusion of fresh graduates into the commission would bring up the number of teachers to 48,705.
He said with the free education policy coming up next year, schools in the country needed more teachers to cater for the increasing number of students.
He said the Sacred Heart Teachers’ College had seen the need and included diploma in primary teaching in its curriculum, giving a chance to those students in the Southern region as well as others.
“When you are upheld to teach, there are many expectations from parents and children. The teaching services commission expects you to perform your jobs and responsibilities to meet those expectations,” Nava said.
“I expect you to be diligent in the task of education and respect the rights of the students in your charge.”
He said all teachers in PNG would received 10% increase in their allowances, an additional 10% for teaching services allowance, 15% higher duty allowance for head teachers and an annual K4,000 disadvantage allowance for teachers in rural areas.
“The Education Department wants to attract more teachers into remote areas and retain them there so they impart quality education to our children,” Nava said.
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