Teacher report finds flaws in selections

National, Normal

The National- Friday, February 4, 2011


A NEW National Research Institute report yesterday found evidence of flaws and corrupt practices in the teacher appointment process in PNG.

The report stated that although, there were guidelines to appoint teachers in the Teaching Service Act of 1995, teachers were appointed illegally.

The study conducted in eight provinces, two from each region highlighted some teachers being appointed through nepotism, bribery and by force.

“This contributes to corruption, lack of accountability and transparency and failure on the part of the appointing authorities to effectively and efficiently manage the process of teacher appointments,” the report read.

It was pointed out that teacher appointment process continued to be a concern among teachers, parents, board of management and governors throughout the country.

“The education gazette is always late, the appointment of teachers is not done before the end of the year and teacher resume late for duties.”

It was also revealed that teachers who were eligible for higher level positions were rarely notified of the outcome of their application.

An example was a 2009 case where teachers in East Sepik who applied for promotional positions were informed about their outcome of their applications in October 2010, which was already late to take up their appointment. 

The report also identified the following: 

. Factors contributing to teachers refusal to take up teaching appointments;

.Actions teachers take when take when they are given positions for they apply;

. Actions appointing authorities take when teachers refuse to take up their appointments;

.Factors contributing to teachers late resumption of teaching duties; and

. Problems associated with the resumption of duty process.