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Education plans on improving academic performances of students

The Department of Education (DoE) has revealed that it is working on constructing new high schools, TVET institutions, new tertiary institutions and early childhood schools in the region this year.

According to Secretary for Department of Education (DoE) Joel Nava, infrastructure development was paramount because many schools were run down and needed critical attention.

The schools listed under infrastructure development were;

  • Aropa High School
  • Torokina High School
  • Kunua High School
  • Wisai High School
  • Siwai High School
  • Panguna High School
  • Kongara High School
  • Bolave High School
  • Mahari High School

The tertiary institutions were;

  • Bougainville Teachers College at Buin District, South Region, Bougainville and
  • Bougainville Technical College at Arawa, Central Region


Mr Nava said that there was a budget also for school maintenance of high schools and primary schools.

He said that the department was planning on making Tonu Secondary a school of excellence and the model school in Bougainville.

He added that there were plans on amending the current Teaching Services Act and the Education Act to allow for powers and functions to be drawn down from the Papua New Guinea (PNG) - Department of Education to allow for further new changes to the current administration system of education in the region.

This may make changes to the employer of the teachers from the national office in Papua New Guinea to the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG), he said.

He said that capacity building of the teachers was critical and that recommendations were made for teachers to go for further training or attend short courses to up skill their current teaching skills.

Mr Nava said that another important priority was on improving education academic performances of schools throughout the region by involving students and teachers through motivational programmes.

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