The process of appointing teachers to teaching positions is outlined in the Teaching Service Act, 1995 (Consolidated to No. 20 of 1995), Education Act, 1983 (Consolidated to No. 13 of 1995), and the Teaching Service Commission’s Human Resource Information and Operations Manual. However, a recent study on teacher appointments in primary schools found that the appointment of teachers to teaching positions, in most cases, is done outside of these legal and policy frameworks.
This contributes to corruption, lack of accountability and transparency, and failure on the part of the appointing authorities to effectively and efficiently manage the process of teacher appointments. Problems associated with teacher appointments are exacerbated by a lack of clarity, duplication and division in the Teaching Service Commission’s (TSC) and the National Education Board’s teacher appointment roles and functions stipulated under the Teaching Service Act, 1995 and the Education Act, 1995. This situation does not only create confusion amongst the teachers, but also contributes towards the creation and perpetuation of teacher appointment problems throughout PNG.
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