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DPRP Education Commission Urges Regents to Use Teacher Attendance

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Jayapura, Jubi – To prepare the upcoming National Examinations (UN), Commission V of Papua Legislative Council ( DPRP) overseeing on education urged regents and mayor to enforce teachers’ attendance.

Secretary of the Commission V, Nason Utti said, it is important to look at the extent to which the teachers in the area comply with their duties and responsibilities.

“In addition, the head of regional and local education department are also responsible of all the lack of facilities. All related to National Exams logistics should be prepared from now. For schools that have no teachers, it’s better to merge into a nearby school so that students could participate in the National Exams,” Nason Utti said on Monday (5/1).

He further said the students who pass the exams must be based on their competence and the quality of students depends on how teachers teach them. He also asked the principals and teachers to prepare the students for the upcoming UN.

“Students should get additional lessons so that they would be more ready for the upcoming UN. The teachers should avoid discrimination in the classroom. What matters is the quality of the students,” he said.

“In the future, students’ graduation will not depend on grades, but there are some factors that will be considered. We agree with that policy, so we asked each regency and the town to soon adjust with the policy. Don’t be left behind with other provinces,” he added.

He further said the Ministry of Education would use the upcoming National Exam for mapping, policy interventions and graduation requirement as well as the requirement to pursue to the higher education.

Meanwhile, a member of Commission V of Papua Legislative Council, Nathan Pahabol, said the Department of Education should coordinate with the Ministry of Education, teachers and principals before National Exam is implemented.

“We hoped the regents and mayors to monitor the conditions of teaching and learning process. If the teachers are lazy, they must get sanctions,” Pahabol said. (Arjuna Pademme/Tina)

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Jayapura indigenous school pays attention to children’s rights

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Children in the Indigenous School learn how to carve. – Jubi / Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – Director of Indigenous School of Jayapura District Origen Monim stated that he would pay attention to the rights of children studying at his school as it stands in an area declared as a child-friendly village.

“We have a guide about what indicator of a child-friendly village is, which was given by the Head of the Women Empowerment and Child Protection Office. So it would be our concern,” said Monim in Sentani on Tuesday (09/11/2018).

He further explained that the indigenous school runs their activities every day, from 14:00 to 16:30 Papua time, and a speedboat provided to pick up students to school.

“So far we operate independently. In the future, we would also try to provide snacks or additional food for children in Khandei class, namely for those aged 8-13 years,” he explained.

Meanwhile, the Head of Women Empowerment and Child Protection Office of Jayapura District, Maria Bano confirmed on the guide of the child-friendly village that already implemented in the Indigenous School of Jayapura District.

“Children from formal school continue their learning activities there, in the indigenous school, which encourage children playing and having fun with their friends. Because at their age, children need to observe their environment and people around them,” said Bano. (*)

 

Reporter: Engel Wally

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Police accused of violating higher education law following students’ arrest

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USTJ students held a protest to refuse the police entering the campus. -Jubi / Benny Mawel

Jayapura, Jubi – Assistant Rector III of the University of Science and Technology Jayapura (USTJ) Isak Rumbarar regrets the arrest of his students by Jayapura municipal police on 4 September 2018 in their campus.

He said 34 students were arrested at around 11:00 in the morning to the police station and interrogated there throughout the night. The police then released them on Wednesday morning (5/09/2018)

As the assistant rector for student affairs, I regret it. I was late to the campus. They already took the students when I have arrived,” he told Jubi in the campus on Wednesday (05/09/2018).

Furthermore, according to him, the police must consult with the campus authority before arresting the students because they hold a protest on the campus area only.

Meanwhile, the President of USTJ Student Malvin Yobe said the Police made a mistake by entering the campus without any notice to the campus authority.

The police made a mistake to enter the campus and arrested students. In this case, they violated the Law number 12 of 2012 concerning to higher education. They must give written notification to the campus authority to arrest. We are disappointed because it ’s wrong,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Benny Mawel

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Non-Papuans dominate IPDN recruitment in Papua

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Illustration of IPDN Students in Papua. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – The selection process of IPDN students in Papua Province for intake 2018/2019 is considered discrimination against indigenous Papuans due to the domination of non-Papuans. It’s definitely against the Special Autonomy Law of Papua.

A humanitarian activist Natalius Pigai said this is discrimination. “Only four out of seventy cadets are Papuans. It means 90% of new IPDN students are non-natives. I am offended, and for this, I completely criticise Jokowi and the Minister of Home Affairs Tjahjo Kumolo,” Pigai told Jubi by phone on Saturday,(08/31/2018).

According to Pigai, who was the former member of the National Human Rights Commission, a distribution of power to accommodate the children of a nation as the agents of change is a strength of this country. It would grow their sense of belonging towards this country.

Separately, Marinus Yaung, a lecturer on International Relations of the University of Cenderawasih, maintained he doubts the competence of IPDN graduates compared to his students from the variety of department of studies including Government Science, Administration Science, State Administration, Anthropology, Social Welfare and International Relations.

According to him, the alumni of the University of Cenderawasih have been shown more qualified and ready to work in all districts in Papua Province rather than the IPDN alumni.

“Our alumni are better and highly competent of serving in the bureaucracy as echelon III or IV in the district government,” said Yaung. (*)

 

Reporter: Abeth You

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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