Welcome

Welcome to the New FODE 2017 and Beyond!

Flexible Open Distance Education (FODE) is the Open and Distance Learning pathway of the National Education of the Government. It is School at home. Students study the national curriculum (same with school system) in their own time and in their own home.

So what does this mean to those of us who are involved in the training of the young minds in Papua New Guinea through the distance mode?

Diana Akis, FODE Principal, says: "It may be an overstatement but I take pride in reiterating and advocating that FODE is the only distance education provider within the National Department of Education, providing alternative choice and pathway for many learners who discontinued their education from the formal school system."

 

The new FODE curriculum is a project funded by the World Bank

The development objective of this Flexible and Open Distance Education (FODE) Project is to increase the number of out-of-school youth who complete recognized secondary diploma and certificate equivalency programs.

There are four components to the project.

Component one: updating of curriculum and instructional materials. Component one aims to improve the quality of distance learning curricula and the quality and availability of instructional materials.The project will support the development of new and/or upgrading of existing curricula for grades seven through twelve using FODE’s standardized distance learning format. This component will also help FODE produce new instructional materials and upgrade its printing and distribution system.

Component two: improving the quality of service delivery. Component two aims to improve the overall quality of services provided by FODE. Within the FODE central campus and the 20 provincial centers, interventions will be focused on improving performance through staff training, simplifications of forms and procedures, establishing and implementing an IT plan, and selecting and engaging contracted subject tutors in the provincial centers.

Component three: grade eleven-twelve matriculation program expansion. Component three aims to expand FODE’s existing grade eleven-twelve matriculation program into at least one secondary school in each of PNG’s twenty provinces. Project support will reimburse secondary schools for the use of their facilities, provide classrooms with small equipment and instructional materials, and cover the cost of after-hours teaching by existing subject teachers in each school.

Component four: improving information technology, monitoring and evaluation. Component four aims to provide FODE with appropriate Information Technology (IT) technology and train FODE staff to effectively operate that technology.

THE curriculum for Flexible Open and Distance Education (Fode) has been aligned with the normal curriculum in the national school system.

This means that the aligned 19 curricula for Fode from Grade Seven to Grade 12 will use the same assessment, examination, certificate, and selection process currently used.

A request was extended to the provincial education advisers to support the growth of Fode in their provinces for the benefit of those students who were pushed out of the school system to continue their education from grades seven to 12.

The students who are currently studying at Fode centres are supported by the tuition fee-free policy.

Fode has 22 centres in the country and they are funded under the Department of Education budget appropriation annually.

Senior education officers during their conference last week have been urged to work cooperatively and share the required resources needed in Fode centres.
The alignment of the Fode curriculum with the conventional standard-based curriculum has been considered as a huge achievement for the education department..

 

Subjects learnt at Flexible, Open and Distance Education, or FODE, and provincial centres have been aligned with conventional curriculum developed by the Department of Education curriculum development division.That is according to Education Secretary Dr Uke Kombra.The aligned FODE curriculum was implemented in April.All FODE centres started enrolling students in April and the enrolment will close at the end of this month.Those who have enrolled will study the aligned subjects given in March 2017.During a recent workshop conducted for all the FODE provincial centre coordinators, electronic copies of the Grade 7-12 English, Mathematics and Science subjects were given to be supplied to the students enrolled at the centres.The rest of the subjects will be given in CDs and flash drives next month to the FODE provincial centre coordinators during the FODE markers and tutors workshop. These subjects include: Grade 7-12 Social Science, ICT, Personal Development and the Assignment Books. It has been planned that the students will sit the examinations in September 2017.These are the subjects aligned for FODE students to study: Grade 7 – 10: English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science and Personal Development, Grade 11 – 12: Applied English/Language & Literature, General Mathematics/Advance Mathematics, Physics/Biology/ Chemistry, History/Geography/Economics & Personal Development.Secretary Kombra said FODE centres are encouraged to contact FODE headquarters if they need course books to be printed. Those provinces that have heavy duty printing machines are also urged to support the neighbouring provinces.

 

LoopPNG News Article

By Quintina Naime

June 19, 2016

 

PNG FODE Project Brief

By the World Bank

PNGFODEProjectBrief

 

 

 

 

On the official FODE Website

 

Welcome

Welcome to FODE-Education Website!

Flexible Open Distance Education (FODE) is the Open and Distance Learning pathway of the National Education of the Government. It is School at home. Students study the national curriculum (same with school system) in their own time and in their own home.

 

Our Motto: “WE ARE YOUR SCHOOL, ANYWHERE AND ANYTIME”

 

Welcome to the New FODE 2017 and Beyond!

So what does this mean to those of us who are involved in the training of the young minds in Papua New Guinea through the distance mode?

Diana Akis, FODE Principal, says: “It may be an overstatement but I take pride in reiterating and advocating that FODE is the only distance education provider within the National Department of Education, providing alternative choice and pathway for many learners who discontinued their education from the formal school system.”

 

 

Introduction

It is Government intention through Education Department that all teaching and learning resources be made open to all; students and non-students alike. However, tutorial and counseling services and, issuing and marking of assignments, tests and examinations and certification are restricted to students only. Students must enroll formally with us through our 22 provincial centres and the many study and district centres or electronically through corresponding Help Desks at FODE Head Office – Registry.

This is your One Stop Learning Resource Centre. You will not go wrong with your studies throughout your education journey if you remain connected in trust and confidence to this Link. In here, you have all FODE and Department of Education official and prescribed teaching and learning course and resource materials.

 

Our Vision

“Papua New Guineans have grade 12 equivalency education and certification through flexible open distance education”

 

Mission Statement

“Pursuing quality national education through flexible open distance education (fode) by harnessing all appropriate and affordable technologies”

 

Objectives

Development objective; FODE program completers:

  1. • Contributing to labor productivity by increasing stock of job seekers with recognized secondary certificates;
  2. • Contributing to social and cultural development by increasing number of program completers with recognized level of training;
  3. • Accessing higher education opportunities;
  4. • Contributing to the development of standard-based curricula & assessment and, teacher training improvement in the formal education system.

 

History

FODE has a rich history from 1957 as College of External Studies through to College of Distance Education and now Flexible Open Distance Education with its target groups shifted from adult public servants taking grades 5 and 6 and higher level courses from Queensland Correspondence School to preparing school-based correspondence courses. Initially, the focus was on lower secondary courses but gradually extended into higher grades, replacing Australian correspondence school courses.

 

Accreditation

FODE provides two main programs;

    1. Alternative choice for students who decide to study at home, in an open and flexible environment, including open access to teaching and learning resource materials and personnel provided by FODE, Education Department and other official reference-links;
    2. The second chance education for upgrading of grades/results of their grades 10 and 12 certificates, and continuing education for students who for various reasons cannot continue their education (grades) in the mainstream school system. Students can be school leavers, handicapped people, employed or unemployed, teenagers or adult, single or married. Anyone who wishes to improve his/her education may study with FODE. The College does not provide classrooms, class teachers or accommodation for students but has teaching and non-teaching staff who are working to help you. You will find in this site the contact-time- schedules and, distance teachers and help desk directory.

The National Education Plan 2005-2014 (NEP) recognizes that distance education is an important means to deliver education. FODE is mandated to offer open and distance learning pathway as an integral part of the National Education System. It is a School at home, where students study the same primary and secondary education curriculum in their own time, in their own homes, and at their own pace.

 

Target audience

  • Students who choose to graduate as FODE students at the end of grade 12
  • Students who choose to complete their Grade 7 to 12 education through FODE with the intention to gain entry into the formal system at the points of exit.
  • Those who want to complete Grades 7 to 12 regardless of their age, employed or unemployed, married or single, including those with physical disabilities.
  • Students who want to complete upgrading programs to progress into tertiary institutions.
  • Students who are undertaking technical or vocational training courses.
  • Students whose employers demand grade 12 equivalency education and certification
  • You can go to any FODE Centre to;
    • Take a Pre-Enrolment Test or an exam
    • Enroll and collect Assignments
    • Hand in Workbooks or Assignments for marking
    • Collect marked Workbooks or Assignments
    • Get advice from your Provincial Coordinator, Assistant Coordinator and Supervisor

 

For more information, visit the official FODE website: http://education.gov.pg/FODE/index.html

 

 

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