Photo caption: Mrs. Kisam Tare, first female provincial TSC advisor for Enga, TSC Commissioner – Policy, Mr. Samson Wangihomie and Enga Director Education Services, Mr. Rowatina Was after the commissioning of the Enga provincial TSC office in Wabag on Wednesday – 12 April. Pic by CYRIL GARE.
By CYRIL GARE
THE Teaching Services Commission opened its second branch in Wabag, Enga Province, recently.
The first branch was opened in Kundiawa, Simbu Province, last month.
And it will open its third next month in Lae, Morobe Province to be followed by other provinces soon.
The establishments of the TSC provincial offices followed the 12 recommendations of the Parliamentary Referral Committee on Education Report or the “Ganim Report” sanctioned by Parliament in August, 2014.
Between March and April, 2014 PRCE carried out a nationwide investigation into the teachers’ salaries, leave fares and other entitlements in elementary, primary, high schools, secondary and national high schools as well as technical vocational schools in the country.
Among others, the 12th recommendations was to set TSC provincial offices so that who have problems with salaries, leave fares and other entitlements sort it out in their respective province instead of going to Port Moresby TSC headquarter.
Enga Governor, Sir Peter Ipatas, Wabag MP and PRCE Chairman, Robert Ganim, TSC Commissioner – Policy –Samson Wangihomie, TSC administration and Finance officer, Tony Tom, TSC executive officer, Winnie Nagi, TSC Highlands Regional adviser, Basil Murian, Enga Director Education Services, Rowatina Was, and other officials from the Enga provincial administration were present to witness the occasion.
Mr Wangihomie also announced the appointment of a first women TSC acting provincial adviser for Enga, Kisam Tare before signing a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Enga provincial administration which saw the transfer of eight powers and functions to the provincial TSC office.
Among others, were the powers to approve furlough leave, maternity leave, resignation or retirement on leave.
“On behalf of the Chairman of the Teaching Service Commission Baran Sori, my brother Commissioner, TSC staff, and teachers (in PNG) I would like to acknowledge Robert Ganim Member for Wabag and Chairman of PRCE and your Committee members. The Provincial TSC office was a blessing in disguise for the TSC. This launching and the launching in Simbu last month are testimonies of your vision and support for the TSC and 60,000 plus teachers in PNG,” Mr Wangihomie said.
The TSC also acknowledged and thanked the government for the TFF policy (for the children) which the country has invested around K4 billion over the last four years however maintained that the teachers are the “most important factor who interprets the curriculum into information and teaches the children”.
In April 2015, the National Executive Council (NEC) approved a total of K26 million for the Ganim Report implementation in five phases 2014-2019. K7.826 million was for the phase one funding however missed out on the 2015 and 2016 budgets and again in 2017 budget.