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Subject: Little uncle sam's seasonal worker idea

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Date Posted: Wed, Feb 11 2009, 09:21:40am

Is it the core statutory function of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration?

Is the Minister's proposal of seasonal worker sound in all perspectives?

Would this proposal, blindly supported, jeopardize the growing political and economic power and supremacy in the Pacific Region in the future? Australia is manuplative, isn't her?

"Little uncle sam, this is a second nugatory article and thus, you need to be in the books of foreign policy, politics and governance, and economics for some time longer."

(Wednesday, 11 February 2009)
The National Newspaper reports:

Abal slams Wenge over seasonal labour
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Sam Abal has called on Morobe Governor Luther Wenge not to mislead people on the Australian seasonal labour scheme.
“What will happen to all the young Morobean people who do not have skills? They will miss out even if the LNG project comes on stream,” Mr Abal said on Monday.
He said the seasonal labour scheme was an initiative by the Government to engage young people.
He said all sectors of Government were working on employment initiatives and the Foreign Affairs Department was assisting by seeking overseas work for young people.
“We have a problem with young people who do not have skills, knowledge and education. It will be hard for them to get a job whether the LNG project comes up or not. For us, we have to look for opportunities for our young people,” Mr Abal said.
He said that according to unofficial statistics, around 70% of young people miss out on continuing education while 30% go to universities and colleges.
“Where do the rest of our young people go? We have to look for opportunities for our young people.”
He said one such opportunity was the seasonal labour in Australia and New Zealand and when young people returned from those countries, they returned with skills and money to start their life.
“Governor Wenge should think twice. What will happen to all the young Morobeans who do not have skills?”
Mr Abal said Foreign Affairs was looking for opportunities, including UN peace-keeping duties and on duties with the British army.

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[> Subject: Eight veteran expat teachers for Enga : Still being Stupid

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Date Posted: Thu, Feb 12 2009, 06:05:50pm

This proposal is not good enough. The Governor's proposal is superficial and nugatory and thus, needs rigorous debate for correctness to limit dissipation of limited resources belonging to the people of Enga.

This crude proposal formed by half-baked advisors and the stupid governor has little value at this point in time.

(1) Has the governor improved the current eductional cirriculum standards in all levels of eduational institutions in the province to prove a comparatively higher level of education to the engan students which would be in line with contemporary education standards in advanced countries?

(2) Has the governor improved the renumerations and supporting substances/incentives such as houses and vehicles for all teachers of all educational levels in the province? Has such improvements been tagged to improved quality and quantity teachings to be proved to the engan students by the teachers? Will the teachers be proved additional college sessions to update their teaching knowledges, skills and ideas to deliever such improved teachings to the students?

(3)Has the provincial education system being sturctured to undertake such educational reforms in all educational levels in the province?

(4)Has the enga provincial government supported the current university and college graduands from enga province find formal jobs to contribute to the development of the province and the country: this is an incentive to ensure that students perform well academically and be secured?

The National Newspaper: Thursday,12 February 2009

Eight veteran expat teachers for Enga
THE Enga provincial government’s quality education policy has been boosted this week with the recruitment of eight expatriate teachers.
The veteran educators are to teach in various schools in the province.
Five will teach at the Highland Lutheran International School at Amapyaka.
The others will teach in secondary schools in Pausa, Wabag and Kopen.
They are here largely thanks to the efforts of Enga Governor Peter Ipatas, who is spearheading the quality education policy.
Most of the expatriate teachers are from Australia.
Experienced teacher Robert John Thompson, who is from Perth, Western Australia, will take his new post as the principal of Kopen Secondary School.
His wife, Norma Alison Thompson, will be the school’s deputy principal.
Another experienced teacher, Greg Rolles, from Sydney, New South Wales, has been recruited to head the English department in Pausa Secondary School or Wabag Secondary.
Paul van Wezel, from the Netherlands, has been appointed as the principal of the Highland Lutheran International School.
The others recruited to be at the same school are Australians Merryn Perrett and Robert McCheyne, Englishman Niel Brown, Joseph Intal, from the Philippines, and Dr Todd Luedtke from the United States.
Mr Ipatas said his government would recruit more expatriates, as well as local teachers, next year as part of his drive to improve quality in education in the province.
The governor said more than 50 teachers from other provinces had also been recruited recently to teach in high and primary schools in the province.
The Enga provincial government has spent about K80 million on free education and quality education in the past 10 years.
An additional K5 million has been allocated to implement the quality education push in this year’s budget.“Enga has been last in everything and we are trying our best to try to pull ourselves up a bit with everyone else in the country,” Mr Ipatas said.

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