July 17th, 2012 (Post-Courier)
TVET Managers Graduate The National Department of Education (NDoE), in partnership with the University of Goroka (UOG) graduated its first group of managers from Vocational Training Centres at the weekend.
A group of 15 managers from around the Highlands region and Madang Province were awarded a certificate in leadership, accounting and financial management at UOG following a two-week intensive course offered through the Universitys Technical Vocational Education (TVE) program. NDoEs TVET Operation and Management Assistant Secretary J.B Jeyasundara said in a statement that training for vocational training centre managers has become a priority for NDoE due to the large number of students entering these institutions.
He said NDoE had invested large amounts of money to send a small group of managers off-shore for training, but has refocused their attention on facilitating capacity building in credible institutions in the country such as UOG.
Mr Jeyasundara told the grandaunds that school inspectors will be visiting their centres to do an appraisal on how much they have implemented their new-found knowledge, determining whether or not the managers return for further training. He urged the managers to conduct micro training sessions with their subordinates to pass on the knowledge, especially accounting software programs and skills they are taking back with them. UOG Vice Chancellor Dr Gairo Onagi said the certificate program was designed under the National Qualifications Framework in PNG. It aims to provide essential knowledge and skills for vocational training centre management, Dr Onagi said. He said this was the first time for capacity building for vocational centre managers and added that UOG began its TQUP project, which trained 60 Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) educators and 40 educators have been admitted to next months program.
He said with 17,000 students attend TVET centres throughout the country each year UOG is partnering with these centres to provide skilled and knowledgeable educators to feed back into these places.
Dr Onagi said as leaders of schools, accounting and finance, the management certificate course helps them to identify the difference and importance of each function in order to professionally lead their respective centres.
The certificate program offered (among many skills) training in bookkeeping and reporting skills, budget and expenditure controls, asset management, curriculum and program management skills under management, accounting and finance management skills and various elements of leadership skills.
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