Posts Tagged ‘Education’

Education and the Catholic church in Papua New Guinea Comments 0

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

The Catholic church has a big role in developing education in Papua New Guinea and it plans to provide more and better education services. The National Catholic Education Commission has launched its five-year strategic plan, covering the period from 2017 to 2021. Representatives from the Education Department and development partners joined the Church for the Read more

Elite Australian Catholic schools: same-sex marriage is ok Comments 0

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Same-sex marriage is alright. That’s the message put out by two of Australia’s elite Jesuit schools, St Ignatius’ College, Riverview and Xavier College. Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart is declining to comment on remarks made by the schools last week that seemed to support gay marriage. The Australian Bishops Commission for Catholic Education is also Read more

Leaked Aussie education funding reveals money-go-round Comments 0

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Leaked education funding modelling shows the way Australia’s public, Catholic and private schools may be affected by the Senate’s decision to block or support Gonski 2.0: the Turnbull government’s school funding model. The model would see a money-go-round in Australia’s education budget, with the country’s public schools getting an extra $4 billion over the next Read more

Tonga – Call to end corporal punishment. Comments 0

Monday, March 20th, 2017
corporal punishment

Tonga’s Women and Children Crisis Centre says it is working with the police to end corporal punishment in Tonga. Last week, a middle school teacher was charged with assault over the beating of a student who was later hospitalised for his injuries. The teacher also reportedly threatened to beat the 11-year-old’s parents if they reported Read more

State regulations deny Catholic girl a Catholic education Comments 0

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
State denies a Catholic Education

A Catholic student meeting all the special character requirements is on the wait list for John Paul College, Rotorua. Maringi James, 13 is due to start her secondary education in 2017 but the school roll is at capacity. Maringi’s mother, Lauren James is calling on the Ministry of Education to exercise some discretion about the Read more

Why don’t schools teach morality and empathy? Comments 0

Friday, July 29th, 2016

A few months ago, I presented the following scenario to my junior English students: Your boyfriend or girlfriend has committed a felony, during which other people were badly harmed. Should you or should you not turn him or her into the police? The class immediately erupted with commentary. It was obvious, they said, that loyalty Read more

Concern in Tonga about validity of 2015 exam results Comments 0

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

The validity of the of last years’ Tonga National Form Seven Certificate (TNFSC) examination results is being widely challenged. A leaked government report on a rushed reform of Tonga’s education system in 2015 reveals confusion and concern within the Ministry and raises questions about the validity of the examination results. It says because of the Read more

VIP farewell for Br Sir Patrick Lynch Comments 0

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Politicians, cardinals, bishops and educationalists gathered in Wellington on April 3 to farewell Br Sir Patrick Lynch. Br Sir Patrick is leaving the New Zealand Catholic Education Office after 22 years at the helm. Speakers at the function included Education Minister Hekia Parata and Cardinal John Dew. Ms Parata praised Br Sir Patrick’s “immense contribution Read more

Former Marist brother who was top educator dies in Samoa Comments 0

Friday, March 18th, 2016

A former Marist Brother who was hailed as an outstanding educator in Samoa has died. Patrick Buckley, known in his early days as Br Fintan, died in Samoa in early March. Mr Buckley’s career saw him teaching primary, secondary and tertiary students in New Zealand and Samoa. He had a reputation as an innovative educator Read more

African church growth put down to lack of education Comments 0

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

The editor of the German bishops’ website has said the Church is growing in Africa because of a lack of education and because Africans have little else. Björn Odendahl said this on in an article entitled “The Romantic, Poor Church”. “Of course the Church is growing there. It grows because the people are socially dependent Read more