By JINA AMBA
THE Education Department continues to deregister teachers in the country with 61 teachers from Enga deregistered recently.
These teachers were found to have entered the system through fraudulent means and were discovered during the department’s review.
Education secretary Dr Uke Kombra said the Education Ministry discovered the teachers through a vetting process.
He said this was all part of ensuring the education sector had properly-credited teachers because it was an important profession.
Dr Kombra said teachers using fraudulent documents would not be allowed to become teachers and would be deregistered in order to uphold the integrity of the department.
He said provincial education boards were responsible for ensuring the vacant teaching positions were filled by qualified personnel.
Earlier, 142 teachers from Southern Highlands were deregistered.
At the beginning of the year, 620 teachers were deregistered.
The department will continue the vetting process into other provinces and deregister teachers who are teaching illegally.
Education Minister Jimmy Uguro warned teachers to be ethical and professional.
He said those who became teachers through fraudulent means did not deserve to be in the profession.
“Don’t use other people’s certificates to find a job, you have to be real,” Uguro said.
All of the teachers deregistered are elementary school teachers.
Dr Kombra said teachers who were deregistered:
- WOULD receive deregistration letters terminating their employment as a teacher in a school in the PNG National Education system;
- COULD not be appointed to any teaching position by all appointing authorities;
- COULD not be readmitted by the Teaching Service Commission; and,
- WOULD be taken off the payroll.