Teachers Vital

Chairman of the National Catholic Education Board, Fr. Paul Jennings, says education reform in PNG will not be achieved without good teachers.

He raised this concern during the opening of the new St Peter Channel Catholic College for Secondary Teacher Education in Kokopo, early this week. The college is the second one in the country, to train teachers to teach in National high Schools, Secondary Schools and High Schools.


Fr. Paul Jennings in quoting American Writer Parker J Palmer’s words, said reform cannot be achieved by more money, by restructuring skills, by rewriting curricular and revising texts, if teachers are not valued.


He also challenged teachers to give their best in teaching. He said the source of good teaching is the human heart and teachers in Catholic Schools should explore their inner spiritual journey, the journey of the heart.


He called on teachers to ask themselves, how the quality of their heart would form or deform the way they related to students, to the subjects they teach and to their colleagues.


The Catholic church runs more than 41 high schools and secondary schools in the country, and has been in this sector for 40 years now, and said the journey has been achieved through partnerships with the government and community, and congratulated the staff and management of St Peter Channel College for this success.


The new college has enrolled up to 80 pioneer students this year, 46 males and 34 females from across the country. Higher Education Minister, Delilah Gore, thanked the church for the partnership that continues to reap great results. The new Secondary Teacher College will assist in addressing the imbalance in the student teacher ratio in schools around the country.

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