Education. Papua New Guinea press review
Public and private schools in Papua New Guinea (PNG) resumed classes this week. PNG Minister for Education Joseph Yopyyopy in his ministerial statement says classes will be normal until further notice. School classes were suspended from 24 March to 27 April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the imminent end of the COVID-19 State of Emergency (SoE) on 16 June 2020, Mr. Yopyyopy said that the prevention rules to avoid COVID-19 disease will continue to apply, but the social distance will be relaxed. Mr. Yopyyopy has also directed all schools to review teaching programs to cover the lessons lost by adding additional periods. According to Mr. Yopyyopy, PNG Department of Education will revise new term dates, examination dates and holidays, and finer strategies on how lessons lost. Mr. urged teachers, parents, partners, and stakeholders all to remain vigilant at the same time and maintain new normal safety orders and health advise to prevent and control COVID-19 in schools and the country. PNG Minister for Education also urged teachers, parents, partners and stakeholders all to remain vigilant at the same time and maintain new normal safety orders and health advise to prevent and control COVID-19 in schools and the country. The Department will review and advise parents and authorities of new term dates, holidays and examinations. [1-2]
One of the leading hotels on the northwest coast of Papua New Guinea «Madang Resort», located in Madang town, is providing accommodation to students from the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARB) attending Karkar Community College on Karkar Island. The students left the College last week for safety reasons because of confrontation between male students from ARB and relatives of the principal. Hotel owner, a prominent political and public figure in Papua New Guinea, Sir Peter Barter said the people of Madang were often embarrassed by things that transpired on the island. «The students from ARB are staying at the Madang Resort until a solution can be worked out, » Sir Peter Barter said. «I am not totally aware of the background and this needs to be investigated. I have spoken to [Bougainville] President John Momis and some of the parents who I know from my days as Minister for Bougainville […] It is a personal privilege to have assisted them as I have had a long association with the Bougainville people. It brought back many pleasant memories of the challenges we faced in restoring peace through the Bougainville Peace Agreement. », Sir Peter Barter said.