GOILALA MP’s EO – Mr. HOKO ASI – THREATENS TO TAKE NECESSARY ACTION OVER SOCIAL MEDIA ACCUSATIONS

On the 7th of January 2015, I ran a story on this Blog [refer to link] which got everyone talking. The big gangs within the Goilala MPs Office started inhouse cross checks on who is giving out information.

https://goilala.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/most-expensive-highly-paid-staff-goilala-mps-officers/

This lead to Mr Perai Manai calling me up personally and verbally abusing me and accused me of not verifying information before publishing.

This act got me hunting down Mr Hoko Asi, the Executive Officer  for Goilala MP Daniel K Mona.

Talking to Mr Hoko over the phone, as usual, all talk was centred on how transparent the district affairs are been run, managed and services are been delivered. Funds were transparently distributed and accountability was supreme in all this projects.

After a 1:30minutes call, Mr Hoko and I exchanged email addresses, and I promised to do follow up email to him with a series of questions which if he can, respectively respond so i can then run a story on this blog to put all critics to rest.

Below is the email I drafted and sent through to Mr Hoko Asi’s gmail address.

Hi Mr Hoko,

Please if you can, please give me a summary of major impact projects Goilala MP Daniel K Mona has approved, funded throughout Goilala and how much money has been transacted for each project? If contactors were engaged, I would like to request that company names be provided so I can verify and cross check on IPA website online to confirm registry of this companies as well, owners/managers/address if you have.

Note: You can even do a memo outlining the works of Daniel K Mona to date if you have to. But before I publish on the District Blog, I will verify and ensure this projects are real, and has got off the groun and is actually doing what its intended purpose was initially.

There is heaps of issues I will raise as time  foes by for now, please appreciate if you can give ma feed back on this questions above.

Thanks in advance.

Anthony

[Note: This email was sent to Mr Hoko Asi via his gmail email address on the 18th January 2015]

Prior to me talking to Mr Hoko Asi, Teresa Terry Benedict posted the following on Goilala District Development Forum Group on Facebook.

“Payments were done on Tuesday at Oko’s residence in Taurama. Hundreds of Goilalas queued up there to collect their “claims”. I believe most of these claims were false.
These are some of the shots were the highly paid Oko resides. It is fit to be called a mansion, a very expensive home.”

Mr Hoko Asi's Residence at Taurama
Mr Hoko Asi’s Residence at Taurama

After numberous text messages following up for a response to my original email to Mr Hoko Asi, on the 29th January 2015, 9:25am, on a Thursday, I received the following email from Mr Hoko Asi.


U have supported cols that I built my house from Goilala funds which I spoke to u about, u have ignored the truth which we spoke so I will nao take all nessary action on all my defamation article thank you.”

Mr Hoko’s email reply is refering to the comments I made on the Post by Teresa Terry Benedict. I have dont snap shots of the comments as seen here.

My Comments
My Comments

Seeing the seriousness of Mr Hoko’s email, I replied after two days, as is seen here.

As a Goilala, I got all the right under the sun to enquire about Goilala District’s DSIP funds.

And until you verify your side of the story in your reply to my email, that does not give me the benefit of doubt to believe you. Again, you took a long while to reply.

Were you waiting for me to comment before your reply? Or were your simply trying to find a loop hole to attack me?

Not everything that was said seem to make sense.

You said Projects are been funded throughout Goilala. But in actual fact, no projects are taking place. Funds are been used up in clubs and hotels in Pom by who knows who. I think there is alot of cover up, pretending and lying going around and we are getting no where. If you threatening me, go right ahead. Because I have nothing to loose.

I look forward to whatever you have in store.

There is a Story on PNG NEWS talking about Konevilla No. 1 Consultants and Daniel K Mona Under Investigation.

You might want to check it out. Anthony. ”

Two Things that will never hide forver are The Sun, & The TRUTH.

 

GOILALA OPEN MP DANIEL MONA GOES UNDER THE MICROSCOPE [ PNG NEWS – FACEBOOK]

A top source said today “The Goilala MP Daniel Mona has been trying to pay his personal medical bills using DSIP Funds.”

Daniel Mona was rumoured last year on social media to have died after being admitted to hospital. A bank officer at BSP today who reportedly ‘felt uncomfortable with processing a claim for a bill’ reportedly ‘for the members personal medical bills amounting to some 27 thousand US $’ reportedly contacted an investigating authority who told the bank officer “it was not proper”.
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It seems that following the response/advice received from the investigating authority who was contacted the bank officer then refused the transaction and “they (Daniel Mona) tried another tact”.

“So today they tried to transfer from Goilala DSIP to Konevilla No. 1 Consultants K99,000. Other payments have been made to that so called consultancy company” a source alleged.

The matter is understood to have since been brought to the attention of Director Leadership Mr. Richard Pagen.

HARD CASH HANDLING POLITICIANS ARE NOT POLITICIANS BUT WANNABE TYCOONS.

Is it logical for politicians to be seen handing out hard cash directly to the people? Hard cashing flashing politicians might see this as development but it merely is voter bribing in broad day light.

Why is money been hand directly to the people? We already have ATMs and hard-cash-less economy in our country where services can be delivered without having to hand over hard cash directly to the people and service providers alike. Yet we see pot bellied wanna-be tycoons hand over hard cash to equally dumb folded fools who take cash from these politicians.

Can money be wired through to accounts and then payments made to service providers to have the services provided or delivered rather than hand cash over to people and service providers?

Common sense become uncommon with money on hand says Michael Atuai [stole his slang]

It seems our politicians, when they are not politicians, [well when they are not yet elected] have all the brightest ideas in their heads. These ideas flow out of their mouths like a running tap.

But once they step into power, the tap is turned off, and they have ears which are deaf and eyes which are color blind and have a brain that does not function as per the intended purpose by the master designer.

The main factor that directly contributes to their ears getting blocked, eye shuts and mouths stuff is MONEY.

Having so much money [ hard cold cash] at your disposal is one major distraction that leads politicians blind and that’s why we have Leadership tribunals and Ombudsman Commission refers and corruption rife in Papua New Guinea.

Politicians who handles less hard cold cash turn to deliver for their respective electorates compared to those that flashes cash here and there as if they grow money in their back yard.

This mentality of handling people’s money out in the open needs to be done away with because its just not necessary.

SUSPENSION OF ELEMENTRY EDUCATION IN GOILALA WAS NOT MY DECISSION – Fr BRIAN CAHILL

We are well aware within our agency about the ideals of the Universal Basic Education Plan (2009-2019).   Each district is meant to implement the plan taking into consideration the social context and situation of the district, in order to achieve the desired outcomes. As the Agency which is largely responsible for the delivery of education services in the Goiala this is the approach we have taken. It’s the only sensible approach.

There is a very different context and situation in Goilala, which is a remote, isolated, and rural district compare with say a largely urban district like the NCD. You cannot take a pre-conceived model for education (thought out in Australian Aid or European Union funded seminars at the Gateway or Travel Lodge, or the like as has happened over the years)   and impose that model as though it will simply fit for every situation across the country.

We have seen this with the replacement of the now officially recognised as failed OBE system of education with a Standards Based System of Education.

When that system was first introduced, we had a succession of Standards Officers coming to the high school telling us that we had to bottom out G7 and G8 and top up our primary schools. This was impossible given the situation of primary schools in Goilala – they simple did not have the capacity.

Over the years, the BOG and Agency resisted any move in this direction for Sacred Heart under pressure from the outside as such a move would adversely affect an already fragile education system in the district and work against the best interests of Goilala children.

Now under the new Standards Based system that has replaced OBE since last year, G7 & 8 has been brought back into the high school. Why? Because it is generally recognised now that primary schools in general do not have the capacity to teach G7 & G8 properly as witnessed by falling standards.  Since 1997 Sacred Heart had been accused of lagging behind with the implementing policy, however now with a change of system to the 2-6-6 structure we are so far ahead of other schools! We are now able to move forward with the topping up of the high school with G11-12 while retaining our G7 & G8.

Then there was the introduction of the Elementary Reform as it existed under the OBE System of Education as it was introduced in Goilala. From the time of its introduction it was clear to all stakeholders that something was terribly wrong with the way it was going in the district. This was thoroughly evaluated by an audit team set up by the PEB in 2011 consisting of the following persons: Goilala SO (chair), DES, CES, and myself. The audit ran for eight months during which every teacher and trainee was checked for their qualifications, and performance to determine whether or not they should continue in the program. All three trainers were evaluated on their performance and practice, as was the practice of previous district trainers.

What the audit uncovered was large scale fraud and corruption. Fraudulent qualifications, high levels of absenteeism, misappropriation/theft of school monies, and the ‘ghosting’/non-operation of schools. All of which had been obvious to people on the ground for years.   However the audit now provided the empirical data and factual information for responsible authority to act.

The audit report which was forwarded to the PEB in 2012 and its recommendations were accepted in full. These recommendations were for:

  • the suspension of the elementary sector as it was presently operating in Goilala,
  • the termination of teaching officers/trainees who were clearly not suited for teaching and/or have fraudulent qualifications.
  • the non-engagement of teachers/trainees unless they have proper qualifications: Good passes in Grade 10 with preferably G 12, and clear recommendations from the Agency/community of the person’s suitability for a teaching appointment.
  • the investigation of the practice of the present trainers, with a view to charging them for the mess they were largely responsible for having created.
  • the intake of G1 & G2 into Goilala primary schools

Patrick, the myth that you, and apparently now the DES from what you say in the face of the findings of the audit he helped conduct, is that Fr Brian is holding back the rights of children to education in holding to the suspension of the Elementary Sector in Goilala.   On the face of it that might seem so to people who are not privy to the facts as stated above.

The elementary system as it was operating in Goilala was an outright wrought of the system. You had people who were taking advantage of the situation of people who were already disadvantaged by holding out to them the false hope of education for their children for their own personal gain.   As elementary operated, the children of Goilala are better off without it. And it is obvious to those of us on the ground sincerely committed to district education and the development of Goilala schools, that elementary will never work in Goilala given the situation of the district.

Since the time of the audit, the ditching of OBE with Standards Based Education has seen a marked shift in ‘official’ education policy about elementary. Across the board, G1 & G2 have been brought back to primary school – again the wisdom and the foresight of the agency has been proved right here – with an emphasis on getting back to teaching basics: phonics, English, maths. One of the obvious failings of OBE was the ‘dumbing’ down of standards across the country since its introduction, and this was clearly evident when it operated in Goilala.

Patrick, I am dumbfounded that you, together with DES as you say, are trying to re-activate the mess of elementary as it existed previously. I am dumbfounded that you have arranged for your Gerry Tamatai to be re-engaged as ‘elementary trainer’ for Goilala through your connection in the national department given the fact that he is one of the trainers named in the audit report for further investigation (which happened). Though I understand he is your ‘tambu’. I am dumbfounded that since last year a good number of the teachers/trainees identified in the report as unsuited for teaching or without proper qualifications have been put back on pay. I am dumbfounded given that elementary schools apparently reactivated are not operating and the teachers and the trainer put back on have been collecting pay much of last year for nothing.

However, all of this does not worry us now as an agency – though I suggest what is happening is of real concern to government and the LLGs – as we have cut off from any further engagement with this sector in Goilala now that G1 & G2 is back in primary school according to the new 2-6-6 structure.

The Chair of the Diocese of Bereina Catholic Education Board (DEB) who happens to be Fr Brian did write to the Provincial Administrator last year complaining about the interference of the SSO, Patrick Dimsock with the procedures and processes of the PEB as it met over the 2012/2013 period. So did the Head of our Agency, the Most Rev Rochus J Tatamai, Bishop of Bereina. Patrick, you seem to think that I am acting as a single person here, without the courtesy of recognising that I speak and act in the name of the DEB and the Bishop as his vicar in such matters.

Our Agency, has Membership of the PEB. Our church representative at those contentious meetings (CES) reported back to us a number of irregularities in meeting procedures and processes for which you were responsible for orchestrating, and which our agency has the right to point out without fear or intimidation.   In doing so we highlighted the problem of the presence of non-PEB members at PEB Meetings, and other ways PEB Meetings are open to manipulation by officers of the Division/Standards in the way members are notified of meetings, forwarding of agenda prior to meetings, and the accurate keeping of meeting minutes.   Again, as an agency with membership of PEB we have a right to point these things out with fear or intimidation. This has nothing to do with the academic qualifications of the other PEB Members.

As for appointments, our agency appointment committee meetings for appointments to all our agency schools are inclusive of the Government reps on our Boards, who are nominated by the Education Adviser. This the DESs for both the Kairuku and Goiala Districts. Members are notified in advance, and appointment decisions are accurately documented.   From our agency appointment committees, decisions go to the full DEB for endorsement or changes. From there they are forwarded by our Agency to the PEB by our Church Secretary.   In our appointment meetings due consideration is given to suspended schools which need to be re-opened and the officers we have for appointment. I can assure you that this is not a decision alone of Fr Brian Cahill. My job as chair is to ensure that such meetings happen, and that procedures and processes are followed.

This so called Goilala Education Team that acted last year against the recommendations of the agency were Patrick Dimsock (SSO), Gerry Tamatai (elementary trainer) and Henry Ivolo (DES). The DES failed to attend any of the agency appointment committee meetings last year, or this year.

According to the Teaching Service Act (1987) it is the agency which has right of representation at PEB Appointment Meetings and to make recommendations for appointment to agency schools. Standard Officers, DESs and Elementary Trainers do not.  Our CES, Mr Henry Kita was not party to any changes to our Goilala appointments as wrongly alleged by Patrick Dimsock.

It is very well Patrick that you make out your concern for the suffering of children in the back areas, however you need to match this concern with proper action expected of a standards officer. As it stands it doesn’t match.

Moreover, you continual personal attack on me, and allusion to my failure and shortcomings as a priest as you see it, irrelevant as it is, is nothing but a screen for your own failure and shortcoming. Let’s keep to education and facts.

 

Fr Brian Cahill msc, EV
Vicar for Education
Chair – Diocese of Bereina Catholic Education Board.

 

WHAT CAN I DO AS A PRIEST IN GOILALA TO HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR GOILALAS? Fr BRIAN CAHILL’s VISION!

Education seems to be more focused around Tapini quite simply because we have the high school there and capacity in terms of personal (brothers, sisters, priests and lay teachers) and facility which has been gradually built up since I first came to Tapini in 1997. Much of this has happened because of my own entrepreneurial skill, the willingness of various donor agencies, and a very generous contractor (Varokou Construction) to us assist us in the projects works that have been implemented at Tapini over the last 15 years, especially those centered on the high school,.

My own background is education being a trained secondary teacher. When I first came to Tapini in 1997 as parish priest I remember thinking to myself, “What can I do as a priest in this place to help make a difference”? I would step outside the Fathers House at Tapini and look down on the station and the answer was in plain view: there was the high school on the right side of the airstrip with 300+ young people from across the district in need of improvement, and the now largest community school in the district on the left side, which at that time was completely run down with a population of less than a hundred students.

Education is the key to development, and if there is to be any meaningful development in Goilala it must commence with the young. My background in education and my ministry with young people in Australia (mainly through school chaplaincy and retreat work) has put a love for young people and their Christian formation in my heart. And of course my first love in this regard has been the high school at Tapini because of its impact on Goilala society for development and its strategic importance for the formation of young people from across the district .

In this endevour I am only one person with particular skills, remembering that all priests are different with different skills. With God’s grace, and wonderfully supportive co-workers I have been able do what I can do with the Lazarus knocking at my door, given my own human limitations, the constraints of the social situation I am in and coping with factors that are outside my control.

Though centered in Tapini I have been able to extend my sphere of activity to other parts of the diocese, with work I have taken on at Mainohana and outside the diocese in Port Moresby with work at Sacred Heart Teachers College – Bomana, both of which have a major impact on education in the Goilala District.

As well, recently I have been engaged in primary school development with three schools along the highway near Tapini: Koiava, Kone Bridge (Pilitu), and Lilo. However, as I have already pointed out, I am just one man and I cannot do much more that what I am presently doing.

In 1997 nearly all the 37 community schools across the district were operating, with the high school population filled by Goilalas and representative of all areas across the district. Today in the Guari area all 7 seven primary schools were operating, with a good number of Kunimeipa students coming to the high school. Today schools in the Kunimeipa area are closed.   Though not as bleak, the same can be said for schools in Aiwarra, Jongai, Sopu, Fane, and Ononge areas. Why is this so?

In 1997, there were two major airlines flying in and out Goilala. There were regular daily passenger flights to POM, and the various Goilala ports were connected by sector flights: Kerau, Kosipe, Kamulai, Guari, Sopu, Jongai, Ononge, Fane, Erume. The fare to POM from Tapini was K82 and a Twin Otter Charter with 1,600Kg uplift was K1,100.  Gradually this has diminished over the years since, whereby today there are no passenger flights to Goilala, and the only air service now operating is a light plane with a maximum passenger loading of 9 with an uplift of 750Kg. Charter cost for this plane is K7,000 to Woitape. The only other port it will fly to in Goilala is Tapini at a higher cost, however isn’t much call for it to fly there given the road is open.

In the days when the when the road was closed (2000-2008) and high school operation relied on air charter, the cost for a Twin Otter with 1500Kg uplift in 2006 was K4,400. Today a Twin Otter Charter (if you can get one) with 1200Kg uplift is over K9,000! The cost per charter has more than doubled and the loading has been reduced by 25% on what was allowed for in the past. If the road to Tapini ever closes the high school will not be able to operate on air charter as it did in the past.

Transport (air transport and road accessibility) stands out as the single most determining factor as to why schools (and other services) are not operating in Goilala today.   The diminishment of transport correlates with the shrinking of education and health services over the last 15 years. It has resulted also to the urban of much of Goilala’s population to settlements in and around Port Moresby. How do expect teachers (especially teachers from the outside) to take up postings to remote area schools in Goilala if there is not transport for them and school materials.   And with a national shortage of teachers, teachers are going to opt for appointments where they have access to goods and services.

This problem of a teacher shortage in Goilala and other remote area districts across the southern region has led to the bishops of the southern region to establish Sacred Heart Teachers College – Bomana in 2009, which specialise in the training of teachers for remote area schools. Goilala played a key role in the establishment of this college, and it is a main beneficiary in terms of the number of Goilala students which are accepted each year and the graduates who have come on to the field since 2011.   This teacher college only accepts non-school leavers who are committed to returning to teach in their home area after graduation.   This is an initiative of the Church which requires Government support.   Already through the supply of new graduates coming out of this college we are starting to see a turn around with the re-opening of schools that were previously closed, however this turn-around will take a number years to be seen across the district.

The re-opening of schools is only possible if the social situation of the area is right. The Guari area is not safe at the moment to send in teachers. Despite the police action last year to track down the killers of Fr Gerry Inau, these people have not been apprehended. There is still no ongoing government/police presence in the area. The threat of payback killings is still real. The diocese hasn’t received a clearance from proper authority and assurance from people on the ground that the situation of lawlessness in the Guari area is now OK. How do you send teachers (or health workers) into such an area when it is not safe? This is not the fault of Church but of Government. The law and order problems in Goilala need to be addressed, and until this is done other services cannot operate.

Over the years there have been law and order problems and social unrest in other areas which has led to the closure of schools. I can think of places close to Tapini like Kileipi, Illuavai, Kerau, Sopu, Maini. Minalu and Koruava.   Where peace in the community has been restored, and the situation stabilised we have been able send back in teachers when we have them. For instance we are to send a teacher back to Sopu this year who will hopefully stay and get the school up and running.

Apart from Tolukuma which operates a government school, all the other schools in Goiala operate under the Catholic. ( Tolukuma stands alone as something artificial in the general picture of primary schools in Goilala and it is supported by the mine.) The Government has to come in and do its bit in supporting the delivery of education service in the district. The Catholic Church is the service provider, yet it has sadly received very little funding from successive local Members through their Joint Distict Priority Planning Committee over the years. The Catholic Church has had no input in the formulation of any district education plan over the years.   The Catholic Church has had no representation by way of an ‘appointed church rep’ on the JDPPC.

Successive Members have preached how they will work with the Church at election time, but once they have kept the Church at a distance.   For the last two year, K2M per year is supposed to be given for education as being one of the 5 key development areas. For the most part the Church – being the service provider for education in the district – has seen practically nothing of this money. So how are we supposed to make a real difference with this sort of ‘partnership’?

Added to this, there has been a number of public servants engaged in district education over the years, who to varying degrees have been caught up in corrupt practices and working in isolation to the Church for their own interest. Again with this sort of ‘partnership’ how are we to properly advance?

Despite the difficulties, the Church is doing what it can do with the limited resources at its disposal, but we cannot do it alone, and Government at its various levels has to do its bit. The recent newspaper articles by Bishop Rochus Tatamai highlights this point.
Fr Brian Cahill msc, EV
Vicar for Education
Diocese of Bereina

 

CENTRAL PROVINCE PROVINCIAL EDUCATION BOARD SUSPENDED ELEMENTRY SYSTEM IN GOILALA IN 2012 – Fr BRIAN CAHILL

Patrick you have got it wrong in stating on FACEBOOK what I said today at the meeting of teachers who are posted to our Catholic Primary Schools in Goilala. Your ‘mole(s)’ at the meeting have carried back to you a distortion of what was stated and you have taken their here-say for fact. Or worse still, the distortion is just plainly your own.

To quote from the first paragraph, being reported as a direct quote of what I supposedly said at the meeting:
“Elementary Sector in Goilala will be suspended and only Grade 1-6 will be implemented. Whoever Standards Officer Central Province wants to push through Elementary is not going to work out.”

Firstly, I must point out that I don’t speak English in this broken fashion, and what is stated above is to quote me incorrectly.

What I said at the meeting is that elementary was suspended in Goilala by the Central PEB in 2012 following an extensive audit of the district elementary sector that was done in 2011 from the time of its inception in 1997.

That suspension has not been uplifted by the PEB and is still in force, contrary the recent efforts made by certain officers operating from within the division and standards acting against this decision of the PEB. Elementary as an experiment has failed in Goilala, and it will simply not work in district for obvious reasons.

Our focus as an agency is for the revitalisation of our primary schools throughout Goilala, ensuring that they each provide a quality learning environment from G1-G6. This is in keeping with the newly introduced 2-6-6 education structure whereby G1 and G2 have been brought back to primary school, and G7 and G8 has been brought back to secondary. So Patrick, if you questioning whether I am representing the correct view of the Department, the PEB, the Bishop (as his duly appointed Vicar) and the Education System of PNG the answer is ‘YES’, I believe so, though I stand to be corrected.

In regards to the collection of K90 project fees, that is also false. Teachers were advised at this meeting that the 2015 Agency Fee for our agency primary schools is K20, and that there is no project fee.

Patrick, the matter of the establishment of boards and the financial management of our agency schools were contentious issues last year, and made so largely by yourself. The controversy around these issues was being fuelled by you and the misinformation you were putting out about what this agency was and was not doing.

It was an outright orchestrated attack on this agency, and its rights as an agency as clearly prescribed in the Education Act 1983. (I suggest you have a read of this Act some time.) Moreover your manipulation of PEB proceedings at the time in an attempt to push through your own agenda in regards to these issue and our Goilala appointments last year was an abuse that has been duly reported (by the Bishop through various correspondences) to the proper authority.

The question to be asked Patrick is who is really trying to manipulate what here? And to describe your two professional colleagues in the district who were at this meeting today – the DES and CES – as being virtual dummies by allowing themselves to be supposedly manipulated by me is not only an insult to me, but to them and their professional integrity.
I wish to point out to you also Patrick that your apparent compartmentalisation of me as being solely a ‘pastor’ as opposed to, and separated from, being an ‘educationalist’ is false and demeaning.

Yes, I am a priest and pastor, there is no question of that – I will be 25 years ordained next year. As such I hold a ‘teaching’ role in the church. However, I am also a professional teacher, last registered as such with the Victorian Teaching Commission (Aust). I hold two degrees (BTheol – Sydney College of Divinity and a BSc – Monash University / Vic) and I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from ACU (from the formerly ‘Christ College, Oakleigh Campus of ICE).

I taught for 6 years in Australian secondary colleges (Darwin and Canberra) before coming to PNG in 1996, and from 1997-2002 I taught CRE at Tapini High School and filled in for science when required.

So I believe I qualify as being a “trained educationalist’ as you wrongly suppose I am not. Maybe this is why successive bishops have asked me to take on the ‘specialist’ work of education in our diocese, and why the previous Governor, Alphonse Moroi appointed me as his PEC Chair for Education.

Patrick, I believe it is improper for you to tell the Bishop what he should do and shouldn’t do in the running of his diocese. Moreover, it is improper and demeaning for you to try and box me in my role as DEB Chair and Parish Priest of Tapini. You need to remember Patrick that you are the standards officer for primary schools and not the Catholic Church. As a priest and an officer of this agency I do not come under your authority, so your personal opinion of me doesn’t really matter.

There is one thing I did mention to the teachers today that I would like to highlight here for you Patrick in conclusion. Teachers have a professional identity which they need to safeguard with their use of social media like FACEBOOK. Professional boundaries need to be maintained as something like FACEBOOK is a public forum. It is not professional to discuss professional / work related matters on such a forum. It is not professional to put out conversation/pictures on social media that will reflect on the organisation you are known represent without first obtaining clearance.

As this holds for teachers, and their personal use of social media, so I suggest this is holds for all us in our professional role. Next time Patrick you have a query about matters of this agency in your role as senior standards officer I suggest you make enquiry through proper channels of communication.

Fr Brian Cahill msc, EV
Episcopal Vicar for Education
Diocese of Bereina

Father BRIAN CAHILL SAYS ELEMENTARY SYSTEM IN GOILALA WILL BE SUSPENDED – Reports Patrick D Ghorok[Facebook]

Today, the Catholic Education Secretary, Diocese of Bereina called a meeting of all Goilala District teachers and was held at St Joseph, East Boroko.

In his address Fr Brian Cahill said, “Elementary Sector in Goilala will be suspended and only Gr. 1-6 will be implemented. Whoever Standards Officer Central Province wants to push through Elementary is not going to work out.” This comment in itself is discriminatory to the school age population and the people.

My question is whether Fr Brian is representing the correct view of the Education Department, the Central PEB, Bishop of Bereina or General Education System of PNG? Is he aware that only PNG has a unified education system in the world?

For this person to question Standards Officers effort to support implement PEB decisions and legal principals of the Government is itself an attack on the State, the Administrator of CP and the Secretary for Education.

He has also advised teachers to collect K90 project fees is defiance to the directives of the Education Minister of the PNG Government.

In his press release the minister said “NO PROJECT FEES FOR 2015”. PEB decisions to uplift the Elementary sector in Goilala and Proper elections of School Boards by local communities plus return of School Accounts back to school boards has been ignored by the same person. The sad thing is that the CES and District Education Superintendent was there and could not advice that person correctly. Why? These two are trained Educationists. Why allow this person to dominate, manipulate and dictate to them?

In my honest view, the Bishop of Bereina must immediately remove this person as Chairperson of the DEB and let him concentrate on projects and his already distorted Tahini Parish. He has completely failed his primary duties as a priest and pastor. If he failed his primary spiritual and pastoral programmes, why worry about education systems when there are enough education specialists who are ready to do the job without manipulation so education services is restored in Goilala.

Please let pastors do their job effectively so that education can come in to complement spiritual development.
Finally, my views are solely mine and strongly feel that government effort to restore education in Goilala must be left to educationist to strategies avenues to do that.

I am now going to speak to the Office of the Education Secretary to convene a meeting with the Provincial Administrator and the Bishop of Bereina to rid these obstacles and allow a full system of education in the District.

CENTRAL PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT PROBES ALLEGATIONS OF FUNDS MISUSE IN GOILALA

Source: The National, Thursday January 15th, 2015

THE Central provincial government is investigating allegations of misuse of public funds in Goilala district and abuse of public office by district officers and village leaders.

Acting provincial administrator Edward Kila said allegations made against the Goilala district administration were under investigation.

“Concerns have been raised by district officials as well as village leaders about the abuse of office and misuse of public funds but we have no official report from the MP’s office and we are investigating the claims,” Kila said.
Kila was responding to a media report that Goilala district was starting the new year on a positive note.

It said that the office of Goilala MP Daniel Mona was beginning the 2015 fiscal year by offsetting outstanding contracts and projects from last year.
Mona is sick and is seeking medical treatment overseas.

He has missed three consecutive parliament sessions.

Community leader Peter Normai said Mona was very sick and could not attend parliament session.

He said some people were trying to obtain funds from the district
administration.

GOILALA UNDER DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR’S CARE – Jimmy ANIAWA

January 16,2015, 01:31 am, Post Courier.

Goilala district administrator Jimmy Aniawa yesterday cleared confusion over the functioning of the office of MP Daniel Mona, who is currently sick and in Philippines seeking medical treatment.

Mr Aniawa said he was currently spearheading the management and running of affairs of the MP’s office during his absence.

“I see no reason why people with vested political differences are questioning the integrity of the MP’s office,” he said in a statement while responding to an article in the Post-Courier published on Wednesday questioning who was running the affairs of the MP’s office in his absence.

He said as the person in charge of the district (Goilala) he was taking care of the administration of the office in the absence of the MP.

“There are critics going around or even publishing in the media that the office is not delivering services to the people. I want to clarify that the MP and my administration are working around the clock to secure funds for appropriate projects in the district,” Mr Aniawa said.

The Goilala district administrator clarified that services are reaching the people unlike in the past years and that people should not pay attention to the propaganda being circulated.

Mr Aniawa said he was supportive of the call by the Catholic Bishop of Bereina to seek other government agencies to collaborate and assist in service delivery.

He said since Goilala is one of the districts in the country surrounded by rugged terrain, it makes service deliver a little more difficult.

However, he said the MP is making sure in identifying projects with assistance from his district administration office in prioritising major projects for the district.

Mr Aniawa also said that since the MP’s absence, they were taken to task in accomplishing incomplete projects and contracts from last year and that was witnessed earlier this week with the paying off of contracts and projects from last year.

He assured the people of Goilala that when the MP returns at the end of this month from medical treatment in the Philippines, he would be working closely with him to implement their project priority plan for this year

POLITICS OF JEALOUSY & PRIDE IN GOILALA – MY VIEW

We are approaching the end of January 2015 faster than we imagined. And obviously we will be at the end of year 2015 soon.

We got 2017 after 2016 next year – NATIONAL ELECTIONS. So really its not surprising to see there is momentum and increased tempo in the way discussions are going in our group here.

It was the case in 2012 where Facebook was not really at its peak but this year and leading up to 2017 June, we will see a lot of intense discussions, debates and accusations.

With politics been the focus, lets explore another area that directly contributes to us voting whom we vote every election year.

In my opinion, there are two areas that directly contribute to Goilalas doing what they do.

They are JEALOUSY & PRIDE.

In Goilala, jealousy is one mindset that is so engrained and deeply rooted and goes back to tribal dominance over another weaker tribes.

With education and money now been the two major players in modern day Papua New Guinea, Goilala is been consumed by this mindset.

The once powerful tribes are no longer as powerful as they were back in the day. There are some tribes who are more powerful nowadays since they have the money and educational advantages compared to the other once powerful tribes.

Hence using this to their advantage, tribe with the educational and money power decides to contest the national election knowing they have the education and money to back them up.

This triggers Mr Jealousy into action and thus the weaker tribes in the area of education and financial status still sends one of their candidates in to contest the elections. This act literally destroys the chances of a well educated candidate from the same area.

There is also another area of having too many educated professionals ganging up from one area but does not want to submit to one another. This is PRIDE. No one wants to let others gets the credit alone so everybody wants to make a run for the top post.

In doing so the chances of a well placed, well educated, well experienced and acquitted professional, with a huge amount of experience in whichever profession, getting into parliament is cut into half, if not quarters.

Jealousy is also triggered by payback, woman, money, land, education.

Human nature is such a complex thing to convince and persuade. It will take time and effort but in the long run, what we don’t realise is that, TIME & EFFORTS ARE BEEN WASTED in trying to persuade and convince.

One thing we Goilalas need to realised and accept is, its either NOW or NEVER.