Most Teachers in Mountainous Areas Lack Certification

Teacher at mountains area of West Papua - Jubi
Teacher at mountains area of West Papua – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – The head of Education and Culture of Papua, Elias Wonda, said some teachers in the mountainous region.still lacked teaching certification.

“A number of teachers have not taken teacher certification tests or it means government failed to reach its target this year” said Wonda, in Jayapura on last week.

According to him, there are less than 29 teachers who have been certified where, as many as 10 thousand teachers will be retired.
“We are in Papua would have a shortage of teachers because many teachers will retire next year,” he added.

Nevertheless, he admitted there are several education departments have good programs. One of them is work together with the University of Cendrawasih, where the university sends lectures to teach so that teachers do not need to come to the Jayapura.
“Their program is very good, and this is very helpful,” he said again.

He then said although we can not reach the target, but we are optimistic that next year the rest of teachers will be certified.
“Our target, it must be completed next year, especially in the mountainous region. We also expect the support from the government of regency and city” he said.

Earlier, the Regional Secretary of Papua, Hery Dosinaen said safety factors cause many teachers to serve in rural areas of Papua leave the task. In addition welfare issues also are important to look at and need to find the solutions.
“This is what makes the jealousy of other teachers, where many teachers are moved to be head of department, echelon III, IV,” said Hery. (Alexander Loen)