Joseph Yopyyopy

No more elementary schools: Minister

The Education Department has launched and implemented the policy on early childhood education system that replaces the elementary school system.

The facilities of the elementary schools in various communities in the country will be converted into early childhood education.

“Because of the changes that are happening in the 6-6-6 school structure, there will no longer be elementary schools,” explained Minister Yopyyopy.

Aust scholarship program for PNG students

This program will enable students from PNG to build lifelong connections with Australia and help develop their skills to contribute fully to PNG’s development, thereby enhancing its sustainable economic growth.

As currently designed, the program will support PNG students to obtain a senior school certificate and possibly an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank if desired. The first cohort of students will commence in year 10 in Australia in July 2020.

Education dept told to solve teachers’ leave fare issue

Central Governor Robert Agarobe, during question without notice, directed his query to the Education Minister, Joseph Yopyyopy, when parliament session began in Port Moresby on November 26th.

“Apart from all other public servants, not only teachers in Central Province but throughout the country have done well in their teaching services but their leave entitlements were not given on time,” he said.

In 2018, the governor gave an approved amount of K450,000 to Central Provincial education department as the department was unable to cater for the fares.

Teachers to access payslips online

Minister for Education, Joseph Yopyyopy, has recently launched the new application called “MyPAYSLIP”.

The launching of the web application took place at the PNG Education Institute Hall in the National Capital District.

When launching the web application, Education Minister Yopyyopy said the Department of Education in collaboration with the Finance Department has improved access to payslips for teachers and education officers with the development of a web based application to produce teachers and education public servants’ payslips.

SBE curriculum to be reintroduced: Minister

Minister for Education Joseph Yopyyopy confirmed this in Parliament yesterday.

Yopyyopy informed Parliament of changes in the education sector in response to Markham MP Koni Iguan, saying the current Outcome Based Education program only emphasizes the quantity and not the quality of education.

“Education department will be reintroducing the Standard Based Education system, which is Grades 1-6 and Grades 7-12. One of the problem with OBE system was that teachers are not teaching the same courses across the board, which affects students during the examinations.”

Three more Members join PNC

Patrick Basa, Minister for Fisheries and Member for Kabwum, Bari Palma, Member for Kerowagi and Joseph Yopyyopy, Member for Wosera-Gauwi, joined PNC at the Party’s caucus meeting last night.

“The Honourable Patrick Basa had been the Leader of the Party Leader of Christian Democratic Party, and has been released by his party to join PNC,” said Prime Minister and PNC Leader, Peter O’Neill, in a statement.

“The Honourable Bari Palma has resigned from the PNG Party in Opposition, to join PNC.

Govt warned of tragic health consequences

Shadow Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS, Joseph Yopyyopy, said this was in view of the fact that PNG’s health system is already fragile and under-resourced.

He said the funding reductions in PNG’s health sector since 2015 would bring even the most robust health system to its knees.

The warning comes as the Government prepares to table PNG’s 2018 money plan tomorrow (Nov 28) in Parliament.

“PNG’s health expenditure has been radically reduced during the past two years, compounding people’s miseries nationwide in a health system that is already desperately struggling.

MP condemns closure of health centre

Shadow Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS, Joseph Yopyyopy, says the recent closure of Buvusi Health Centre in West New Britain Province by the Department of Health is totally irresponsible and a crime against humanity.

Yopyyopy, in a statement, described the closure as “an act of genocide”, saying withdrawing vital health services there means the Government is simply killing is own citizens.

“Resorting to closure of the health centre will simply compound the prevailing state of deteriorating services and allow our people to die of preventable diseases,” he stressed.

PNG in very serious health crisis: Minister

Shadow Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS, Joseph Yopyyopy, has called for swift and appropriate Government action to prevent the further deterioration of PNG’s most basic and essential health services.

He warned of catastrophic consequences resulting from Government inaction whilst noting that the PNC-led Government drastically cut health spending for the past three years, including 2017.

Yopyyopy cited most recent instances, including:

Re-elected Wosera Gawi MP committed to develop district

The parliamentary leader for Melanesian Alliance Party said building better roads to all villagers will be his priority in his second term in Parliament.

Yopyyopy was speaking after his official declaration on Saturday in the Wosera Gawi counting centre in Maprik town.

He acknowledged the support he received through the electorate.

"Getting big margins in all the ballot boxes shows that people have found a leader," Yopiyopi said.

Returning officer Freddy Pinga officially declared the elected member at 4pm yesterday.