This Notice serves to inform ALL Private Training Providers or TVET institutions that the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST) will be having a One Day Information Session Workshop on DHERST Quality Assurance.
The Department is requesting your attendance for the workshop scheduled for Friday July 08, 2022 from 08:00 am to 04:00 pm at the Holiday Inn, Port Moresby.
On 3rd June 2022, the Department of Higher Education Research Science and Technology (DHERST) signed two (2) Memorandums of Partnerships (MoP) with the Milne Bay Provincial Government (MBPG) and East New Britain Provincial Government (ENBPG).
Representing DHERST were Dr. Francis Hualupmomi (Acting Secretary) and Mr. Lonnie Baki (Deputy Secretary - Institutional Development and Partnership Wing). MBPG was represented by Mr. Ashan Numa (Provincial Administrator) and Mr. Roma Tuidam (Provincial Education Advisor) whilst ENBPG was represented by Mr. Levi Mano (Deputy Provincial Administrator) and Mr. Alkan Mararang (Acting Provincial Education Advisor).
The collaborations are part of the reform agenda in the higher education sector that are now being implemented. DHERST will continue to collaborate with other Provincial Governments to form similar partnership arrangements.
Through the partnership, DHERST and the two Provincial Governments agree to cooperate closely and consult on matters of mutual interest to achieve their common objectives and key areas of cooperation include:
Higher Education Sector Development Funding in support of Infrastructure Programs;
Provide opportunities for students through scholarship programs;
Improve Digital Education Services at the Higher Learning Institutions;
Establish pathways for employment opportunities with business communities;
Assist in establishing new higher education development initiatives in the provinces; and
Cooperate in emergencies under relevant applicable laws in the Papua New Guinea jurisdiction.
The term of the MoPs will remain effective for five years.
One of the challenges that the partnership aims to address is to promote effective coordination of the higher education sector development within the provinces. The Higher Education function is a national function and the services are delivered in the provinces. It, therefore, requires effective coordination with the Provincial Governments as they (Provincial Governments) also prioritise the development of Higher Education Institutions as part of the provinces' development agenda. DHERST will strategically collaborate with provincial governments to complement each other's efforts in the higher education sector to improve Access,Quality, and Relevance.
I wish to inform the General Public about the situation at the Kokopo Business College (KBC) and the decision which the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST) has taken.
It is reported that two local men were killed within the premise of KBC when a fight erupted between the staff and students of KBC and Ulagunan villagers. This fight may have been influenced by the tragic death of a staff of the Bank of South Pacific (BSP). Police investigation will establish the cause of the fight and appropriate actions will be taken.
The situation in Kokopo is still tense. Staff and students are in fear of their lives.
Based on the careful assessment of the situation and in consultation with all the stakeholders in particular, staff, students and Governing Council of KBC, Police and Provincial Government, the department has made the following decisions:
Semester 1 of 2022 is suspended indefinitely until such a time normalcy returns.
A caretaker administration will be installed to ease tension and restore normalcy at the college.
DHERST has commenced repatriation of students under the Tertiary Education Scholarship Assistance Scheme (TESAS) from the college back to their home provinces. For students under Non-TESAS category, respective provincial or district administrations are requested to assist with their repatriation back to their home province. Should Semester 2 resumes, the sponsors are requested to assist with their return flights back to KBC to continue their studies. TESAS students of KBC are advised to check the nearest Air Niugini office for their return tickets.
DHERST will be liaising with other colleges to accept KBC students who do not wish to continue studying at KBC. KBC staff who wish to transfer to other colleges must individually apply to the college of choice in order to be accepted. During this suspension period, staff of KBC will be on full pay.
These decisions are made to ensure normalcy is returned and that security of students is guaranteed and property of the State is protected. The Department is working closely with all stakeholders to ensure normalcy is returned as soon as practical for the academic year to continue without any form of disruption.
Authorized By Hon. Wesley Raminai, MP Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science & Technology