BY MAVIS NISHIMURA PODOKOLO
THE Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) has set another pathway in its education sector for primary in-services teachers to acquire diploma programmes.
This new development was witnessed through the handing over of teacher’s materials by John Coleridge Patteson University (JCPU) to the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) Reverend George Takeli yesterday in Honiara
The materials feature Diploma in teaching primary (in-service) course resources which focus on upgrading teachers who have achieved certificates in teaching primary.
Coordinator of John Coleridge Patteson University Fr Philemon Akao said the making of these materials is to set another pathway for primary in-service teachers to acquire diploma courses.
Also to address the need of accommodating and training more qualified and skilled teachers in the country since the Solomon Islands National University and the University of the South Pacific had expressed having less space.
“Because of this reasons we stepped in to provide another pathway for our teachers in the country as well as helping the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) and the Universality of South Pacific (USP) producing more qualified and skilled teachers,” said Akao.
On behalf of the Anglican Church of Melanesia ACOM Takeli, who is very supportive in this newly witnessed development, thanked the coordinators and members of the writing and assessment panel for their hard work towards the successful completion of the materials.
“The education materials we have received are also part of upgrading administration and charter of our Bishop Patteson Theological College with the aim of upgrading its academic, administration and legal premise to establishing the John Coleridge Patteson University for the ACOM.
“On behalf of the Anglican Church of Melanesia I thank the coordinators and members of the writing and assessment panels for your hard work in writing these education materials and to congratulate you all for our great achievement in completion of these materials,” said Takeli.
In relation to the production of these materials it was possible through the collaboration of secondary school teachers from St Nicholas and Norman Palmer and lectures from the SINU, Bishop Patterson Theological College (BPTC) and USP also including its advisory groups from the SINU, USP, BPTC and the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD).
Furthermore there are 12 courses in total and is expected to begin next year 2019. Classes will be held at St Nicholas College after normal classes in the evening from Monday to Friday.