TSC to punish teachers

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By JINA AMBA
THE Teaching Service Commission (TSC) will decide what to do with three female teachers who drank alcohol in a Jiwaka school, says the chairman Samson Wangihomie.
He said one of the teachers posted a picture of them drinking in the staffroom on Facebook and it went viral, attracting a lot of negative comments and criticisms.
Wangihomie said the Jiwaka education board did not have any authority to suspend or terminate them.
He said TSC would wait for reports from the province and decide on the nature of punishment because it was their employer.
Wangihomie said teachers were bound by a code of conduct.
“They are like parents to students,” he said.
“They should look after the students and be role models.”
Wangihomie said it was okay for teachers to consume alcohol at their homes and celebrate teachers’ day or whatever, but, it was ethically wrong to drink in the staff room or classroom.
Wangihomie said the three female teachers were provisional teachers, two graduates from the University of Papua New Guinea and one from the University of Goroka.
He said the head teacher or the school principal was equally responsible and Teaching Service Commission would not tolerate such behaviour.

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