Elementry teachers graduate from IEA


SIX pre-school teachers from Port Moresby South graduated last weekend during the launching of the Children of God Early Learning Centre in Talai-Badilli.
Moresby South MP and Minister for Housing and Urbanisation Justin Tkatchenko who gave K36,000 fees for the six teachers with IEA and K90,000 for the Children of God Early Learning Centre in Talai-Badilli, said early learning was vital to a child’s education.
“I paid for their fees because the level of education our teachers have is very important, what they learn will be passed down to the students in their class,” he said.
“So every year, my electorate sends 50 teachers to upgrade their qualifications, on the understanding that when they graduate they have to teach in schools around the Moresby South electorate.”
“This will continue on till my term ends in 2022.”
Tkatchenko also said that it was important to have pre-schools for young children before they start school.
Community representative Jack Edward Karara thanked Tkatchenko and said about 80 per cent of children in the community did not know how to read and write and even those who have been to school don’t know how to speak English.
“Today, we see six pre-school teachers graduating and the opening of the Children of God Early Learning Centre,” he said.
“I thank Pastor Bai Koivi for his initiative to start the school and Tkatchenko for funding the school.”