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ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

(Statement by the Minister for External Territories, the Hon. C.E. Barnes, M.P.)

The Minister for External Territories, Mr Barnes, today announced the membership of a three man committee to advise on relationships between Mission and Administration education systems in Papua and New Guinea.

i1 rIr Barnes said that the members of the committee would be Mr W.J. Weeden,O.B.E. (Chairman), Dr C.E. Beeby, C.M.G. and I'Ar Gabriel _Cris.

Mr Weeden is presently Senior Assistant Secretary in the Department of Education and Science in Canberra and was formerly the Director of the Commonwealth Office of Education. He holds a Masters Degree and a Diploma in Education from the University of

Sydney. He has had wide experience in the administration of education at a senior level.

Dr Beeby has had a long and distinguished career in education. Dr Beeby was Assistant Director-General of U.N.E.S.C.O. in 1948 and 1949. He is a New Zealander and holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Manchester. He was New Zealand Ambassador to

France from 1960 to 1963. From 1963 to 1967 he was a research fellow at Harvard University. In 11967-68 he was the Commonwealth Visiting Professor to the Institute of Education at the University of London. Dr Beeby has extensive experience with problems of education in

developing countries.

Mr Gris, a New Guinean, is presently a lecturer at the Dental College in Papua and New Guinea. He was an adviser to the Australian delegation to the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1967.

.About 65% of primary education and about 35% of secondary education in the Territory is conducted by Church Missions. The Missions train their own teachers and conduct some technical colleges. The balance of primary, secondary, technical and tertiary education

is conducted by the Papua and New Guinea Administration.

Mr Barnes said that the decision to appoint this committee was previously announced by the Ministerial Member for Education, Mr Matthias Toliman, in the House of Assembly in November last year. It is expected that this committee will begin work in March.

The main tasks of the committee will be :-to advise on ways of improving the co-ordination of the educational activities of the Administration, Missions and Local Government Councils, especially the establishing, financing and supervision of schools;

to advise on possible changes in the levels of salaries paid to teachers in Mission schools and the conditions under which Administration financial support is given;

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• to consider possible changes in the organisation of teaching including the question of a single teaching service for all schools;

• to advise on means of ensuring greater participation by local communities in the planning and financing of primary education.

Mr Barnes said that the committee would have regard to the educational targets of the Government's five year development programme and the financial and physical resources likely to be available for education during the programme period.

It would also have regard to the Government's objectives of fostering greater national unity and giving a full opportunity to Missions to provide for the needs of all desiring a religious education.

Mr Barnes said that the Government recognised the valuable contribution which had been made in the field of education by the Missions in Papua and New Guinea in the past and was confident that they would continue to play an important role in the future.

CANBERRA. A.C.T. PORT MORESBY T . P. N. G. 7 FEBRUARY, 1969.