By JINA AMBA
UNIVERSITY graduates in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics have been urged to teach in the School of Excellence.
Teaching Service Commission (TSC) chairman Samson Wangihomie said there was a shortage of teachers in the country and university graduates without teaching qualifications could teach on the condition they secured a teaching position in a school.
But a group of teachers who gathered outside the Education Department’s office in Port Moresby raised their concern over allowing university graduates without a teaching qualification to become teachers.
Teacher Cornelius Roger from Mendi Secondary School in Southern Highlands said the commission was making a bad decision.
“Some of us have aspiration to be teachers and that’s where we are,” he said.
“Although we got straight As in Grade 12, we still decided to become teachers.”
He said university graduates lacked teaching skills and did not have any interest in teaching in the first place.
He alleged that some the graduates were just bidding their time in the classroom and leave as soon as they receive a job offer from elsewhere.
He called on the TSC to provide better pay and employment conditions to keep qualified teachers.
By JINA AMBA