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Papua New Guinea Government will employ mathematics and science teachers from India and other countries to fill vacancies in secondary schools, Acting Education Secretary Dr Uke Kombra says.
Kombra said the exercise had started with schools in Southern Highlands.
“Our country currently needs teachers in mathematics and science fields so we will have to get more overseas. We have enough in other fields of studies,” Kombra said.
He urged teachers’ colleges to be registered before they could enrol students.
Kombra said requests for upgrading of existing schools and establishment of new schools must be approved by the provincial education boards and provincial executive councils and then submitted to the Education Department before March 31.
He said there were only 14 recognised teachers colleges in PNG and the qualifications of those students graduating from unrecognised institutions would not be accepted.
He was responding to the Catholic Principals’ Conference in Lae last week, which asked for salary increases to compensate for the additional workload brought about by the Tuition Free-Fee policy, and the retirement benefits for retiring teachers to be honoured by the Government.
Kombra said he would take up the request with the Education Department’s review committee.
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