Ministry of Education

Teachers back at work in PNG

The Education Minister, Joseph Yopyyopy said the teachers were required to begin preparing for classes.

He said the four weeks lost from term one, when the country first took measures to combat Covid-19, would be retrieved by adding an extra period to classes.

Schools should have recovered the lost time by term three, the minister added.

Meanwhile universities and other tertiary institutions are expected to resume their teaching today.

     

Samoa Education Ministry strives to improve quality of exam papers

There are plans for a course on writing and moderating exam papers that will be offered by the National University of Samoa.

The aim is to increase the number of certified examiners and moderators for the Samoa Secondary School Leaving Certificate National Examinations.

A total of 1825 students sat the SSLC exams in 2019.

According to results released by the ministry, 1690 or about 92 per cent of the students are able to pursue further studies at NUS this year.

Teacher and examiner in Samoa accused of leaking exams

The two are alleged to have involved in the leaking of the Year 8 Samoan Language, Social Studies and English papers, which were used last year before the postponement of exams due to the measles outbreak.

Education Minister Loau Keneti Sio said his ministry's audit division would present a report on the investigation shortly.

But he said he was very disappointed by what he had heard.

"Especially that I have found out that it is from the teachers and also the examiners, one of the employees of the Education Department," Loau said.

Samoa to screen students for hearing difficulties

The project is aiming to dramatically improve hearing outcomes for Samoan children and deliver positive effects on education and health.

It will target more than 6000 year one students in all government, mission and private schools around the country.

The President of SENESE, Marie To'alepaialii, said they were finding increasing numbers each year with hearing difficulties, which affects their ability to learn.

Education shocker

Dr Mahendra Reddy warned that teachers would be demoted to clerks within the ministry if they became a liability to the school system.

There are more than 8000 teachers around the country.

In an interview, Dr Reddy said the underperforming teachers had Monday sick leaves, affairs with students, did not cover classes and were behind schedule.

He gave an example of how some schools were way ahead in terms of the curriculum coverage.