- UPNG receives part of K12 million government funding
- Investigation into UPNG unrest 50% complete
- Case against university students dismissed
- UPNG terminates 2016 academic year
- UPNG students granted bail
- Police to enforce curfew at state universities
- DHERST has no jurisdiction in UPNG administrative matters
- UPNG semester suspended
- HERST minister calls for UPNG students to resume classes
- UPNG first year dorm gutted by fire
40 trainee teachers face expulsion over forgeries
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.