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Local Teaching Graduates in Papua Must Be Given A Priority

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Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Education and Culture Office urged both municipal and regional governments to employ teaching faculty graduates from local universities, including from the University of Cenderawasih.

The Head of Papua Education and Culture Office, Elias Wonda said on Sunday (15/11/2015) in Jayapura even though the local governments are responsible for the teachers’ recruitment process in their respective regencies, there’s no harm optimizing the existing manpower in Papua.
“The regents should prioritize the teaching graduates in Papua to be recruited, please consult to the Rector if they need more graduates, so the university could take action to improve the number,” he said.

According to Wonda, each year the University of Cenderawasih produces 500 teaching graduates, so the local governments should look this local potential first before deciding to recruit teachers from outside of Papua. “I am glad if it is realized, but many regents prefer to hire teachers from outside of Papua,” he said.

He further explained according to the Papua Education Office’s data, the number of teachers hired under the ‘Indonesia Cerdas’ program in Papua and West Papua provinces is 800 people, while each year the university produces hundreds of teachers. “For 500 teaching graduates of the University of Cendrawasih, where would they go? Since the local governments do not have intention to recruit them. It needs to be evaluated,” said Wonda.

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Earlier, on Wednesday (14/10/2015), the Chairman of Indonesia Cerdas Institute, Shepard Supit told the missionary teachers who so-called the transformation educators in Papua are not merely teaching but also implementing the community development works. “The community development works are including the training and counseling in order to improve the human resources quality in Papua,” said Supit. (Alexander Loen/rom)

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HIV/AIDS transmission in Jayapura Regency claimed to decline

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Sentani, Jubi – Jayapura Health Office claims HIV/AIDS cases in Jayapura Regency has declined with only 3,202 cases occurred until last year.

“HIV/AIDS prevention is a complex issue. It would not only the responsibility of the health office, but all parties should contribute in educating the community,” said Pungut Sunarto, the Division Head of Disease Prevention and Management of the Jayapura Regional Health Office, on Tuesday (21/1/2020).

People living with HIV/AIDS in Jayapura Regency are mostly the productive age group ranging from 20-49 years old. There are also infants and children among patients.

“We are always updating the report on people living with HIV/AIDS [in our region]. If not, they would not be able to access the ARV,” said Pungut.

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He further said that the family plays a crucial role in preventing HIV/AIDS transmission. Similarly, he continued, life endurance among people living with HIV/AIDS depends on the support from their closest family.

“Those living with HIV/AIDS who regularly take their medicines (ARV) can reduce their medicine (ARV) can reduce the risk of virus transmission. So, please do not blame and stigmatise them,” said Pungut.

Meanwhile, a Sentani resident Edison Sineri agrees that parents have a significant role in preventing their children from behaviours that likely lead to the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other sexual diseases.

“Currently, young people are easily get involved in promiscuity that difficult to control by parents. It possibly leads them to negative behaviours.” (*)

 

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Autonomy budget cut off, Jayawijaya Government reduce supplementary feeding budget

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Wamena, Jubi – The Government of Jayawijaya Regency has reduced the number of schools to receive funding on the Supplementary Feeding Program (PMTAS). The reduction relates to the Special Autonomy Funds cut off for the PON (the National Games) 2020

Nurlili, an official at the Jayawijaya Village Community Empowerment Office (DPMK), said last year the program was running in five schools in Napua, Maima, Musaftaf, Wita Waya and Wadangku subdistricts.

“There allocate for only two schools this year because of the budget cut off for the PON. We depend on the Special Autonomy Funds for this program,” Nurlili said in Wamena on Tuesday (21/1/2020).

In 2020, the local government plans to implement the program in four sub-districts, namely Asolokobal, Wesaput, Muliama and Tagime. “But, Muliama and Tagime sub-districts are a bit far, so we decided to implement the program in the zone two, namely in SD YPPK Hepuba in Asolokobal Sub-district and SD Inpres Wesaput in Wesaput Subdistrict,” he said.

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The budget allocation for PMTAS Year 2020 reduced from IDR 857 million to IDR 468 million.

However, Nurlili hopes that in February they can conduct training for teachers and women at sub-districts and village levels on healthy food for children.

“At the end of the training, we will purchase some items that are not available in sub-districts and villages to deliver in March. They will be cooking food for the pupils, and we will monitor its implementation. There will be a payment for the cooks, but they should submit the report first,” he said.

In addition to food ingredients, the local government also provides cash for schools to purchase some food from the local markets to help the cash flow of villages and sub-districts.

“This program is very critical because President Jokowi has instructed us to decrease stunting among children. Therefore, we allocate the PMTAS for the primary school children because it is their growth period,” he said. (*)

 

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Papua Government will find solutions for exodus students

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Papua Provincial Secretary Herry Dosinaen was speaking in front of hundreds of exodus students at the court of Papuan People’s Assembly’s office – Wednesday (22/1/2020). – Jubi/Agus Pabika

Jayapura, Jubi – The Provincial Government of Papua would attempt to address problems facing the exodus students who continue to stay in Jayapura City, Papua.

Papua Provincial Secretary Herry Dosinaen told hundreds of exodus students who wish to meet Papua Governor Lukas Enembe in a meeting facilitated by the Papuan People’s Assembly.

“The governor just called saying he now has a meeting with the Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Education. They talk about the possibility listed exodus students for being able to resume their studies at their former educational institutions,” the provincial secretary told hundreds of exodus students on Wednesday (22/1/2020).

Meanwhile, Papuan House of Representatives’ Chairman Jhony Banua Rouw hopes the meeting between the provincial government, local parliament and the exodus students can accommodate both parties to a better solution.

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“We are trying to find solutions for these students because it is not easy for them to return to their former cities of study and adapt to it. However, we can find a way to make them feel safe,” he said.

According to him, before the students return to their former cities of study, it is the government’s responsibility for ensuring that the students would be safe and secured. Therefore, there will be no more racism incidents to occur in the future.

“We must take immediate actions before the enrolment begins to avoid late enrolment that can affect their academic result and emotion in the cities of study,” he said. (*)

 

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