PRIMARY school teachers will be trained on the new standards-based curriculum after its launching by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in Port Moresby on Thursday.
Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology Malakai Tabar said quality in higher education was a product of a combination of qualified people, adequate learning resources and curricula.
“We must responsibly expand access to tertiary education in all forms so that quality is not compromised,” he said.
“And we need a well-coordinated and accountable tertiary education sector.” He said education was “a cyclic system which, without quality, will spiral downwards”.
“From all our graduates at tertiary institutions, teachers are probably the most important output of higher education,” he said.
“This is because teachers are the main input for our school system. Teachers provide the engine for our nation’s social and economic development.”
President of the Divine Word University Father Jan Czuba said the Government had promised its support to finance all tertiary institutions in 2015 and teachers must do their part in getting their plans ready. Czuba said it was a United Kingdom-standard teacher training curriculum which was slightly changed to suit the Papua New Guinean context.
“This curriculum will not be effective if people are not committed. The success of implementing the programme,” he said.
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