Allow me to put things in perspective. In the last ten years the resolution passed by the General synod was to work towards relocating BPTC to the new site. There were no funds for such undertaking. In 2014 the task force then has decided to bring in the idea of designing and developing course materials for teacher training. Since then, that has been the work the JCPU office is committed to perform in the last five years.
The designing, developing and writing up of the course materials are collaborative efforts among Solomon Islands University (SINU), the University of South Pacific (USP) and Anglican secondary school lecturers and teachers. The wonderful collaborations among these three institutions have enabled the work on the course materials to complete this year. And on behalf of the church, JCPU office wishes to congratulate these two institutions for their mutual corporations.
In August this year the JCPU office had a handing over ceremony to mark the completion of the designing and writing phases of the course materials. Present among other outside guests in the ceremony was the Archbishop, His Grace, George Takeli who received the copies of the Education program courses on behalf of the ACOM.
The completion of the Course materials means JCPU is ready to deliver the Diploma in teaching primary in 2019 to all teachers in the country with certificate in teaching primary.
In the last two months, JCPU office has been marketing the program courses in the media. Brochures were also distributed to the parishes and schools in Honiara. And application forms are currently distributed to students who have come to enquire about the program.
JCPU is certain to enrol a total of one hundred and fifty students. Each intending student will pay a tuition fee of SBD$5,100 per semester or an annual fees of SBD$10,200. And lecturers from SINU, USP and ACOM teachers who have written the course materials will be teaching and tutoring the students in various courses.
The venue to deliver the education program will be at St. Nicholas College in the evening from 4:00pm – 7:00pm.
As far as Qualification Authority benchmarking and accreditation processes are concerned, JCPU has received positive assurances from St. Mark and St. John University, Plymouth, East England. At the same time arrangements for accreditation are progressing between ACOM and the Education Qualification Assessment Program for Pacific Community and Territories in Suva, Fiji.