Worry over drop in teachers


THERE are currently not enough secondary school teachers graduating in science and mathematics, says Minister for Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Francis Marus.
He highlighted this during a presentation of the accreditation certificate for St Peter Chanel Catholic College of Secondary Education in East New Britain yesterday.
Marus said Grade 12 students majoring in mathematics had declined from 57 per cent in 2010 to 27 per cent in 2012.
He said with Chanel College now recognised as an institution of higher learning in the country, it was seeking to bridge this gap.
“The college will help to further contribute to the output which is quality education in the field of science and maths,” he said.
Marus said the University of Goroka graduated 200 secondary school teachers annually, however, there were insufficient numbers of graduates in science and mathematics.
He said the initiative by the Chanel College opened access for students into tertiary institutions.

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