THE Teachers Service Commission has been commended for the hard work this year in ensuring that over 1.3 million children in PNG received an education.
TSC chairman Baran Sori, in his Christmas message, acknowledged teachers for playing a critical role in enabling school children, through teaching and learning processes to develop and enhance children’s abilities so that they could use what they had learnt to live better lives.
“I am aware that many teachers face hardships while serving in rural and remote schools throughout the country for the sake of giving a child an education,” Sori said.
“Similarly, teachers rarely receive recognition and praise. For these teachers, I give praise and thank.”
He said 2013 is the year of implementation of the Government’s policies, programs and activities under the Peter O’Neill-led Government.
The implementation of the Tuition Fee Free policy as a strategic policy direction to achieve “Education for All Goal” has placed tremendous work pressure on teachers with increased student enrolments and limited resources.
Teachers have embraced challenges and coped with pressure to deliver education.
He pointed out that there were some teachers who did not contribute well to their jobs.
“Absenteeism has become a serious issue including denying school children’s right to receiving quality education. This is the time for teachers to reflect on past performance and make plans to improve and become better teachers in the 2014 school year.”
TSC thanked teachers who have resigned, and particularly, those who have retired, while some to the age of 60 years or more, for the service rendered to the country.
Sori acknowledged all education partners, particularly the Church Education Agencies, for the support given to the teachers throughout the country, especially in the rural and remote areas.
“Without your support, the Government would have not achieved 50% of the educational tasks.
“I would like to thank the Papua New Guinea Teachers’ Association for their efforts in negotiating salary increase for our teachers in 2014 up to 2016.”
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