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I have a nephew doing grade 7 at Ted Diro Primary school. I checked his Maths Book and it is sad to say they haven't learnt much. It is almost the end of term 2 and they are still on fractions. I downloaded the syllabus and according to the syllabus, they should be on Space and shape.
By : Yaka Igini
This Ialibu Secondary shit could have been curbed months ago.
The raffle between two individuals for the top administration position of the school backed by supporting parties raised to a point where we see this disaster.
I can’t say the people living along the school are good people too coz they do not stand up for what is right. Few weeks ago I witnessed a clash between the students and the landowners (Kuli youth) over an offence instigated by an alcoholic (fire Wara body) whom later I learnt was a student himself trying to harass school girls returning from a church service. And there was a formal complaint laid but no arrest made.
Now we see the fruits of the politics and who do we blame?
First the District Education Advisor has to admit with its SHP Education managers in Mendi for turning a blind eye to this matter. They knew what was going on and did not intervene. Investigate these offices.
Second we have to hold accountable the individual teachers responsible for the politics. Sack them if not get rid of them from the school.
Third, get rid of all the local Ialibu Teachers (exempting the young graduates) from this institution. They are the cause of all the mishaps with our students not making it to higher institutions in the last 10 years! I see them at clubs and horse race and pokies houses during work hours. Let them go and earn their money honestly somewhere else.
Only in SHP, Friday pay day no classes! Other provinces its normal work day. For what? Your pays are directly sent into your bank accounts and you have the bank card. It’s not the colonial era where you require manual withdrawals and all teachers require a day off. SHP Education Department is doomed!
This crap must stop!
Police must now arrest the culprits who torched the buildings.
Education Talk : Commentary by Jaymogs Kome (Peter Tulapi)
This post is intended to provide you with perspectives or insights on the current program (technology) used by the DHERST on the selection of Grade 12s into colleges and universities in the country. This view is my own opinion in the lead up to the adoption of the new selection method.
My observation is twofold:
Firstly, the online selection is assumed to benefit the GoPNG and it's people in three ways:
1. Merit-based selection. This selection will offset the supposedly biased selection facilitated through manually.
2. Saves time and resources. The manually based selection is considered to use up plenty of time, with many people involved in the selection, and therefore consumes plenty of money and resources.
3. Qualified and merituos students are likely to enter the colleges and universities without compromising the selection requirements. And many other benefits.
My second observation is the downside (negative) of the online selection. The method/approach/program/technology or whatever the online selection is didn't consider the following fundamental points:
I) NO Consultation: In any government policy system, the first process of "agenda setting" is a compulsory consultative process of a government policy or program stage before any policy is introduced into the system. In this case, the DHERST or the minister or NEC didn't gauge any public views before introducing the policy including consultations with the universities and colleges.
II) Incompatibility: it is likely the software or introduced system might not appropriately detect "selection differentiation". For example, students who sat Advanced (major) Mathematics and General (minor) Mathematics will not carry the same GPA. If for instance, a particular student applied to do Economics at UPNG but this student has taken minor maths and scored an "A" in his/her final grade 12 examination with a final GPA of 3.2, a cut-off GPA required for admission into Economics, is not a suitably qualified candidate by the Division because the Economics Division at UPNG STRICTLY accepts students who has done Maths A but not Maths B. The scenario here is, if manual selection was done, this particular student would have missed his/her placing at UPNG but the new system might do justice for this particular student and definitely not for the Economics Division. And also this student accepted by the online system with a GPA of 3.2 and having done Maths B is most likely to fail the first semester at UPNG (economics division in particular) because he/she has not done Maths A.
III) Policy Mismatch: It is likely the introduced online system not able to achieve the intended goal of the GoPNG and of course the bigger goals of the UPNG, particularly for each Schools or Degree Programs; and to a larger extent the goals of the DHERST and therefore mismatching the intended goals prescribed in the National Qualification Framework (NQF). The GoPNG has wide-ranging goals and much higher expectations from the colleges and universities. One of them is the NQF and the Vision 2050 and of course observing an educated population year in year out so that our country's development goals are realised within the expected timeframe.
Finally, based on the likely assumptions pointed above, we are likely to observe the following likely predicted outcomes below:
1. The online selection will be seen to be purportedly rushed through and serving the interests of the online selection software/program owners.
2. A lot many students with better grades (merited students) will be unjustly disadvantaged by this system if the system doesn't have a software that may easily detect differentiation.
3. If DHERST reverts back to the old selection system (manual selection) after learning that the introduced system (online) has failed, DHERST must explain how the lost millions of Kina to the owners of the software will be recovered. And also the owners must apologise to the people of PNG for rushing it through whilst protecting the truth.
4. Universities and colleges will be left in a lot of suspense and confusion, with many of students selected by online system having not met the requirements of the specific degree programs and Schools.
5. The GoPNG and the colleges and universities goals is likely to be skewed and mismatched if the DHERST has introduced the online selection system that is not able to detect the faults stated above.
6. If my prediction is true, a total waste of taxpayer moneys in already a dilapidated state of economy.
WHEN it comes to studying, managing your time is of the upmost importance. You should determine how much time spent studying is enough, which varies from student to student and from one class to another.
How much time should I spend studying?
The amount of time you should spend studying depends on how many classes you are enrolled in, your personal study habits, and your educational goals. As a general rule of thumb, most professors suggest that college students spend about two hours studying per week for each credit hour they take. However, recent studies have shown that most students only spend one hour studying per credit hour—just half of what is recommended to be successful. Most college courses are three to four credit hours, so this means that for each class you should spend about six to eight hours studying. Full-time students should anticipate spending about 30 hours each week studying.
To many students this can seem overwhelming, but if you manage your time correctly, your studying will become more productive and will help you perform better in both traditional and online courses.
Can I study too much?
Yes! Keep in mind that while you should spend the appropriate amount of time studying, going overboard is counterproductive. Students often mistakenly think that if they spend an excessive amount of time studying they will be better prepared. Long study sessions often become boring, and when your mind starts to wander, this study time is wasted. Spending an entire day cramming before a big exam is not the way to go. Learn how long you tend to concentrate on different subjects so that you can schedule focused, effective study sessions.
How to manage your time effectively
In addition to assessing your ability to concentrate on certain tasks, you’ll need to learn how to balance your personal life with your schoolwork. While college students devote a significant amount of their time to attending class and studying outside the classroom, they also have personal commitments like work, family, and friends they need to take into consideration. Neglecting other aspects of your life only works for so long; you’ll be more successful in the long run if you strike a healthy balance that incorporates these other parts of life in your schedule. Take a look at the following tips that can help you develop an integral time management plan.
Tip #1: Make a detailed study schedule and write it down – Instead of just determining times to study in your head, make a subject-specific schedule and mark your calendar so you can be reminded every time you look at it. You will be more likely to follow through with your study plan if it is clearly marked on your calendar. Include your schedule in your cell phone and set regular pop-up reminders that you will have to close before sending your next text message. Making a schedule and sticking to it will allow you to develop a routine that you can easily follow.
Tip #2: Prioritise your assignments – Prioritising your assignments is a good way to ensure you spend the appropriate amount of time studying for each class or subject. Devote more time to studying subjects that are new to you or those in which your grade needs improvement. Also, remember to study the harder subjects first so that you tackle them with a fresh mind. Additionally, you should organize your studies with important tests or exams in mind. If an exam in one course has been postponed, modify your study schedule to prioritise more immediate tests and projects. However, don’t neglect postponed tests altogether; take advantage of the extra time to review material during short study times each day.
Tip #3: Prepare for temptation – The best way to overcome the temptation to put personal activities before studying is to anticipate these distractions. Attending college and earning good grades is almost like a full-time job, so your studies will have to take priority over socialising or other activities. You will inevitably compromise at some point, but don’t get discouraged. Rather, learn from your mistakes, and look for patterns in the times you put off studying. By knowing your weaknesses, you’ll be better prepared to resist temptation. Additionally, establish a way to reward yourself with fun activities after you finish a study session.
Tip #4: Find a productive study environment – Locating a productive workspace where you can study is about more than just finding a quiet place. All students have a place where they are able to stay on task and maximise their time. Actually, some students find it ideal to study in a coffee shop or another place where there is background noise. Part of choosing an optimal study space is anticipating potential distractions in each place. Some students actually become more distracted when they study alone because there is no accountability.
Tip #5: Stay organised – Staying organised is critical to avoid wasting valuable time as a college student. Since you will be enrolled in several classes at a time, it is important that you organise your class and study materials in a way that makes it easy to access them. Find an organisation method that works for you, such as using a separate binder or folder for each class. Also, when going into a study session, make sure you have anything you need. You don’t want to interrupt your study session by searching your room for flash cards or notes.
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ALLOW me to express my concern about the fighting among students at the three state universities. These students are supposed to be intellectuals and future leaders of our country. But what is happening at these universities is more like people with primitive mentalities. These students do not know how to solve problems and resort to violence. Can they go back to class and think where they have gone wrong and say sorry to each other? They seem to forget about the real reason for attending university. At Unitech and University of Goroka the students became warriors and tried to kills each other while at University of Papua New Guinea they painted themselves in mud and turned the premier university into a haus krai. We are portraying bad images not as students of higher learning institutions.
- Concerned Guardian,
NOW that the university student politics has degenerated into a serious law and order problem never seen before, it is time to stop generalising as “students protesting for a national cause”.
It is no longer a genuine protest but a politically motivated drivel that smacks of ethnic bigotry and promoted by students and others from Enga.
Let us be straight and ask why the Engan students are personalizing the matter and attacking and threatening innocent students from Southern Highlands and Hela.
Why are Engan students personalising the issue when students from most regions and provinces have moved on after the initial protests which appeared to be noble and want to return to class?
Now that the Engan students have personalised the matter, we can see that students from other parts of the country have backed off and were watching with much concern as there is a real danger of their future being compromised.
The cold-blooded murder of first year survey student from SHP Graham Romanong in his dormitory room at the PNG University of Technology last weekend is deplorable and must be condemned by all law abiding citizens of our beautiful country.
The distasteful political point-scoring by the maverick Lae MP Loujaya Kouza as reported on NBC radio on Monday (June 27) is deplorable and disgraceful from a national leader.
Kouza, you are totally wrong to blame Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for the student’s death and destruction of properties in state universities and your comments must be condemned in the strongest possible term.
Kouza, if you have some intelligence left, you would know that it is the Engan students that are making matters worse by personalising their attack on fellow students and destroying public property.
For Enga students who are verbally attacking O’Neill and physically attacking students from SHP and Hela, I have this question for you:
Are Engans not pleased and satisfied that there far more Engans holding top government positions at this time except the Prime Minister’s post?
Do you still want the Prime Minister’s position to go to an Engan when an Engan, Don Polye, is the Opposition Leader?
Are other Papua New Guineans like O’Neill not entitled to hold the Prime Minister’s position?
Polye was until three ears ago the Treasurer and one of the most senior members of the O’Neill cabinet.
However, he decided to turn away from the Government by going against the decorum of cabinet solidarity and confidentiality.
In the Westminster system of democracy that PNG has, cabinet unity and confidentially are maintained by all members of the ruling government.
Polye decided to throw away his privileged position in cabinet and go the other way with his own spin on confidential matters. One should question his real motive of breaking cabinet solidarity.
Furthermore, why are some Engan university students going against the grain of their leadership in their province when Governor Sir Peter Ipatas and most Engan MPs are with the O’Neill Government?
Doubtful, Via email
I AM very concerned about my son who is doing his grade 10 at St Xavier’s Secondary School in Wewak. Almost 60 per cent of the parents in Wewak Islands have paid half of the K450 project fee. We are in doubt because the K88,000 allocated by the Government plus the project fees paid should keep the school functioning to Term 2 week five. But there have been no projects in place since last year when we started paying the project fees. My concern is about the school’s expenditure of these funds, which seem to have been depleted and the principal is now sending our children home. I therefore call on the provincial education authorities to sideline the principal and appoint a caretaker administration for St Xavier’s Secondary School to complete the school year. The provincial education authorities must also send in an audit team to investigate the expenditure of these funds.
- T. Sakiura,
Wewak Islands, ESP
THIS is an open letter to the University Papua New Guinea (UPNG) and the general public.
I am a student at the UPNG and I would like to convey my opinionated reasoning for a consensual resolution of the current boycott of classes.
Firstly, to the Student Representative Council (SRC): I have attended two forum meetings conducted by your body of representatives and I regret the personal conclusions drawn from those forums.
If we refer to ourselves as intellectuals, we should be using our intellectual capacity to prudently determine the causes and consequences of our actions based on logical reasoning and understanding.
If we keep saying that we are fighting for the future of Papua New Guinea, wouldn’t our actions be more productive with very effective means of results if we were to firstly gain our degrees and diplomas with high honours before jeopardising our education in taking actions that would be converse.
Just think, with your degrees and diplomas - after serious academic activities - you will be able to fight a better fight for the silent majority of Papua New Guineans rather than with half-completed transcripts and no understanding in philosophical thoughts and principles of governance, including the laws if we continue to boycott classes.
I must emphasise that I mean no disrespect to the endeavours taken by the SRC but at the end of the day, I remind myself that:
1. The SRC has taken a stand on grounds which border on the infringements of laws which we at the university are proclaiming to uphold;
2. Why initiate actions that will greatly undermine our studies when such actions could have been conducted after the completion of the semester one examinations preferably during the semester break;
3. If the SRC’s demands are met, have they conceived and supported their petition with strong alternatives to what should happen after the Office of the Prime Minister has been undermined or do they think institutional problems will magically solve themselves;
4. With only 10 months away from the general elections, why not wait for the election to let the people really decide who should lead them rather than claiming that the 7000 students of the UPNG represent the views of the 7 million of PNG.
It is unjustifiable when the living piece of law which is the Constitution and other enabling laws do not fundamentally provide for the actions that the university students are taking.
Thus, I call on the SRC and the student body to be careful because our actions will surely determine our future and the future of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea.
This is because our course of action will greatly undermine not only the Office of the Prime Minister but will bring constitutional chaos if we call on the current Prime Minister to resign.
Even the call by the SRC that it wishes to maintain and uphold the Office of the Prime Minister does not hold water because how can you maintain the intricacies of such an institution if you break it at its foundation.
The SRC and the student body should initiate the resumption of classes before Friday this week and the respective 22 provincial group presidents should work with the SRC to address the issues by legal means during the semester break to avoid inconveniences for the academic year.
There are ways in which discontented individuals can legally remove the Prime Minister if they really study the laws governing the Office of the Prime Minister rather than through unconstitutional actions that will have adverse effects on the general student body.
The University of Papua New Guinea SRC led illegal boycott of classes last week was in conflict of their own constitution that calls for a referendum to be conducted before cancelling classes.
They reacted to what their Unitech SRC colleagues were doing and illegally barricaded all lecture rooms and staff offices.
They held the UPNG in ransom for one week, demanding that Prime Minister Peter O’Neill step down without even having a clear communication strategy to achieve their objectives.
They infringed on both the students’ and staffs’ rights to attend to their classes and work.
The SRC demanded that the Prime Minister or his delegate come to UPNG and receive their petition.
Upon realising that O’Neill was not at hand to receive their petition, they refused to deliver the petition.
Why did they specifically demand the PM to physically receive the petition when Minister responsible for higher learning institutions was on hand to receive it?
The SRC president reneged on his request for the Prime Minister or his delegate to receive the petition.
According to the UPNG Senate decision, the student boycott from May 2 to May 6 was deemed illegal since both the staff and students were intimidated and coerced to stop classes and work.
The Senate ordered that students immediately return to classes on Monday, May 9.
However, most of the genuine students and staff who turned up for classes and work found out that selfish individuals forcefully locked classrooms and offices and had broom sticks pushed into their locks. How childish are these few rogue students who are preventing classes and work from resuming?
The students have made our intention known to the public that we demand respect for the rule of law.
Therefore, the SRC should liaise with the Ombudsman Commission, Transparency International, Community Coalition Against Corruption to push their case.
Let us not keep national issues to ourselves at the demise of our studies. Through such alliances we can collectively educate the public on institutional corruption in PNG.
We should also return to classes and find better solutions to the problems and challenges that PNG faces.
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