The Hela Provincial Division of Education are looking to end this year on a high note after successfully completing the national exams on a high without any disruptions or incidents and the upgrade of their payroll system.
The Chair of the Provincial Education Division, Mr. Ronny Angu stated that after successfully completing the National Exams without any disruptions, they are now looking forward to upgrading their payroll system Online. Mr. Angu said with this upgrade, there will be no need to have to get approval from the Finance division here in Port Moresby for teacher’s payments.
“We have always been facing complaints from teachers here about their pay and now that we are upgrading to online, we won’t need to turn to Waigani,” Angu stated.
Meanwhile, due to ongoing fights around the Lake Koroba/Kopiago area, Koroba Secondary School and Hedemari Primary School have both been severely affected with the school experiencing closures on a regular basis.
Mr. Angu stated that they had reports of killings happening around the school premises in Koroba/Kopiago, and for the safety of the students, they are working closely with the communities surrounding the schools to ensure the safety of the children.
“We are liaising with key stakeholders on ground to minimise violent activities around the school campuses and want to ensure that our children are kept safe from harm,” Angu said.
At the moment, the divisions focus is on the payroll upgrade and also the teacher appointment for the academic year 2023. Angu has said that they are also screening applications for the various teaching positions in the province and are looking to find the best for them.
“We want to choose the best and capable to come to Hela so that we can produce the best for the betterment of the children,” he said.
He added that they had introduced a very strict criteria for appointing teachers this year, to which he believes is vital as they are looking to get the best candidates for the province.