Teachers’ college begins in-service for lecturers

The National, Wednesday July 20th, 2016

THE Enga Teachers’ College is setting standards in teacher training, the acting assistant secretary for teacher training in the country, Allan Jim says.
Speaking at yesterday’s official opening of an annual inservice for lecturers at Enga, Holy Trinity and Nazerene Teachers’ colleges in Wabag, Jim said the Enga  college, in its sixth year of operation, was  growing “very fast”. “I want to commend vibrant principal Micheal Homingu for his good leadership to fulfil Governor Sir Peter Ipatas’ priority on education in the province,” he said.
He said the college was one of the first training institutions in the country that offered one-year certificate training for  elementary teachers.
He said the theme for this year’s inservice was, “appreciating the implementation process of standard-based curriculum (SBC) in elementary schools”.
Jim said the training would help lecturers to switch from the outcome-based education which was phased out in 2013 to standard-based education and standard-based curriculum.
“The main objective of the in-service is to appreciate the principles of the realigned  curriculum,” he said.
He said the week-long  in-service would assist the lecturers to explore the curriculum,  understand its concept and equip themselves to contribute in the implementation process.
Jim said trainer-directed training for elementary teachers had stopped.
He said lecturers from the PNG Education Institute would not travel out and conduct training for elementary teachers as in the past.
He said elementary teachers would now have to go through teachers’ college.
Homingu said the topics for the in-service in his college was developed locally based on the needs of the lecturers.