Education Minister Responds to PNG Teachers Association Demands

Yesterday Minister for Education, Nick Kuman responded to demands made by the Papua New Guinea Teachers Association on the three percent pay rise. The Teaching Service Salary Fixation Agreement gives a three percent increase annually for 2017, 2018 and 2019. This equates to a total of nine percent that should have been adjusted to the teachers’ salaries over the last three years, however the government did not budget for it in 2017 and 2018.

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Teachers Demand Promised Pay

The Papua New Guinea Teachers Association wants the government to pay the three percent pay rise promised to them according to the Teaching Service Salary Fixation Agreement that was signed between the Council of Public Sectors Union and the government in 2016.The association demanded a response from the government this Friday, or term two classes for primary and secondary schools will be disrupted.

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PNG Customs to roll out new ‘Supermarket Approach’ at Wutung Border

A new approach in cargo management and clearance will be implemented at the Wutung Land Border Port once it opens before the end of the year. Called the ‘Supermarket Approach’, this system developed by PNG Customs Service will better cater for goods coming in and out of the country using specific conditions that are set to improve customs accounting and clearance.

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PNG Nurses Association sign up with PHA Health Scheme

The recently launched National Health Insurance Scheme underwritten by PNG Health Assurance Company signed its first Public Service Association last Friday (April 12). National President of PNG Nurses Association, Fredrick Kebai, says after consultation with PHA, the union decided on the motion to sign up for the health insurance scheme.

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Marape Resigns as Finance Minister Citing a Loss of Trust From the PM and Interference by Govt Associates

The resignation of Papua New Guinean’s Finance Minister, James Marape, has sent shockwaves  through  the country’s  political  circles.The  unexpected announcement came at midday when Mr. Marape held a  briefing with the media at his Vulupindi  Haus office in Port Moresby. James Marape, who has been Finance Minister since 2012,  said his decision was because the Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill,   and ‘his associates’ had ‘lost trust’ in him.

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CTSL Announces Net Surplus after tax of K20.87 Million

Comrade Trustees Services Limited today announced their full year results of 2018, with its Chairman Moses Koiri outlining the overall performance of the fund, against a backdrop of challenging economic climate. As expected, 2018 results were down from previous years; however, prudent investment and management by the fund allowed for a positive result yet again.

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Laloki Psychiatric Hospital Shuts Down Operations Due to Reported Hepatitis Cases

The Laloki Psychiatric Hospital this morning shut down its operations, following news of the confirmed 11 hepatitis A cases reported at the hospital. Over 120 mentally ill patients were sent back to their families and hospital staff announced it will not be taking new admissions. Much of the blame has been levelled against the continuous use of bore water at health facility.

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