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CBC staff awarded in 2018 New Year Orders of Papua New Guinea

By Kelma Ragina

On Thursday, 30th August 2018, CBC staff, Joseph Direkoro, was among 48 people who were honoured in various categories of the 2018 New Year Orders of Papua New Guinea.

The ceremony was held at the Government House in Port Moresby where Joseph Direkoro was awarded the Member of the Order of Logohu (ML) for his service rendered to Education.

“I feel great, upon completion of a humble journey in service to Education given a high recognition with an Award,” Joseph shared.


“My achievement reflects dedication and commitment in the profession I chose. Teaching was not just a job but was a Vocation. I wish to be a role model for others.”


The awards presentation were presented by the Acting Governor General, Speaker of Parliament and Member for Manus, Honourable Job Pomat. All recipients were recognized for more than 30 to 40 years of their services to the country.

The Orders of Papua New Guinea, was established in 2005 and is Papua New Guinea’s very own national honours and awards system.

Brief History

Joseph Direkoro started teaching in 1982 after graduating from St. Benedict’s Teachers College, Kaindi. His first posting was on Biem Island Primary School twelve hours by boat regarded as a disadvantage school. After five years of dedicated service on the Island, he was transferred to the mainland and eventually to Simbu. From a base level officer, he was promoted to senior teacher, deputy and head teacher. He spent 19 years of classroom teaching both in East Sepik and Simbu Provinces.

Moreover, the later years of his service was with the work of Catholic Education. Five years as the Diocesan Christian Education Coordinator, seven years as Catholic Education Secretary for Kundiawa diocese and four years as National Catholic Secretary.

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