40 trainee teachers face expulsion over forgeries

By on October 17, 2016

A total of 40 first year trainee teachers in seven registered colleges could expulsion for allegedly forcing their way into these colleges, Post Courier (October 17) reports.

According to the Education Department’s First Assistance Secretary (FAS) for Teacher Education and Standards Division (TESD), Ms Annemarie Kona, revealed the information in a meet with college principals this week.

The findings were conducted as a joint effort by the human resources development program and teacher education division. They visited a total of 10 teachers colleges in 2015 and earlier this year.

According to the findings, most of the trainees were grade 10 leavers with grades below the required for eligibility. The minimum requirement is grade 12 with a grade of 2.5 or above.

Ms Kona said she has written to the colleges to have these students removed, and starting next year selection for teacher training will be done centrally by the department with screening by the Measurement Services division (MSD).

It is not yet clear if the department will be pursuing criminal charges against the alleged trainees. However, The National (October 17) reports Ms Kona said these students will be required to upgrade their grades and reapply for to become teachers.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Policy for Teachers Service Commission, Samson Wangihomie, said the move to screen applicants by the department indicates that most of the teachers and non-school leavers were not legible in teacher education system.

He added that many who had forged their way into colleges has resulted in poor quality in teacher and student education. He said teaching must be seen as a profession and not just a job.


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  1. George Gaiko

    October 17, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Very sorry for them expelled students on false created certificates. Why did that happen? If they are foreigners then you may have them legally dealt with. Otherwise ol pikini PNG ya. We have not seen how they have contributed to the nation growth in one way or the other nor their indept vision. This has to be honoured.
    Could they be warned and just sent home as free country man.

  2. Christy

    November 9, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    thats an improvement to PNG’s standard. they should also check school of nursings… too much wantokism destroying png

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