Merauke, Jubi – Rector of Musamus State University Beatus Tambaip inaugurated 121 students who participated in the Teacher Professional Education program batch III in 2023 at Swiss-Belhotel Merauke on Monday, February 6, 2023.
Beatus Tambaib said it was an honor to inaugurate these students as it could contribute to the development of human resources and improve the quality and capacity of teachers in South Papua Province.
On that occasion, Beatus revealed that around 50 percent of teachers in South Papua, which consists of Merauke, Boven Digoel, Mappi and Asmat Regencies, have not been certified. The number of teachers spread across the southern region of Papua as of today according to Basic Education Data is 7,866 people.
"About 50 percent of which have not been certified, not yet qualified as professional teachers. In Mappi there are 1,480 teachers, Asmat 1,376, Merauke 3,818, and Boven Digoel 1,118," said Beatus.
"In Asmat, 200 teachers have not been certified. This is certainly a barrier to improving the quality and welfare of teachers," he continued.
Beatus said his university is collaborating with the Yogyakarta State University through Recognition of Past Learning (RPL) program to improve teacher education, wherein teachers with high school diplomas being encouraged to hold a bachelor's degree.
"We hope that through our Teacher Professional Education program, we can realize our goal of synergizing with the government in producing professional teachers, who have the qualifications and competencies in certain fields of study expertise," he concluded. (*)