Staff training vital: Kuman


ALL teachers colleges in the country have been encouraged to enrol trainees to undertake one year training for elementary school teaching as of next year.
Education Minister Nick Kuman highlighted this during the launch of the annual National Literacy Week at the Bitavavar Elementary School in Kokopo, East New Britain, on Monday.
He said since the education reform, English has been the language of instruction at elementary schools.
“As of next year, we are encouraging all teachers colleges registered under the national education system to enrol trainees to undergo one year teacher training for elementary schools.”
He said those who have completed this vital training would then have the opportunity to undergo further diploma studies to become qualified teachers.
“The basic requirement here is that you have to finish Grade 12 and we are now pushing for GPA of 2.5 or above,” Kuman said.
He said two teachers colleges in the country will pilot this one year teacher training for elementary school teachers.
He said an elementary teacher has the potential to positively influence both the children and parents they work with every day.

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