|Oro Governor wants to fill teaching vacancies . Photo: Gary Juffa|
Oro Provincial Government is keen on filling more then 200 teaching vacancies in schools throughout the Province. The Governor has given this effort priority and has dispatched a team comprising of PEC Sector Chairman Herbert Isemba and Charles Soso Standards Officer and Gilchrist Babako Acting Standards Officer to Madanag Teachers College to sign up more then 20 Oro Students who had been financed by the Provincial Government and will be graduating this year. The Oro Provincial Government is keen on catching up in the Education Sector which Governor Juffa has admitted is in terrible shape. “Poor infrastructure, neglect from leaders, no proper Provincial Education Board for 3 years, bad management of schools, poor teaching standards, low pass rate. Oro is in bad shape. It is time to overhaul and invest in human resources. It is time to rebuild our Education Sector.”
Governor Gary Juffa accompanied the team to the Madang Teachers College to speak to more then 30 interested graduating students and talk to them about the importance of educating the people and making sacrifices to educate the population.
The Oro Provincial Government has most recently appointed a Provincial Education Board and has commenced developing plans to review the state of the Education Sector in the Province. The Oro Provincial Government is determined to fill all 200 vacancies and improve the infrastructure of all schools including housing for teachers and build new schools. Plans are also in place to rebuild the Marty’s Memorial High School and have it revert to a all boys school under the strict management of the Anglican Church as it previously had been when it was a prestigious high school attracting students from all parts of PNG.
“Education is a primary pillar of development. An educated population will be a population that can move to develop an economy and is a population that can understand threats and opportunities to society and that can make informed decisions and understand Government intentions and support them. I intend not only to educate our children but also our adults.” The Governor stated in his speech the students.
The Education Sector intends to run a management course for all teachers coming to Oro to educate the teachers about professionalism in their efforts, dress, punctuality, good work habits and promoting clean and healthy living before they are placed in their respective schools. The Education Sector is also being empowered with a Building and Construction Unit to build houses for teachers and the ORO PEC and PEB will develop and pass policy to pay additional wages to teachers as an incentive to working in Oro.