Naomi Martin

Naomi Martin (1952- ), academic, educationist, public servant and PNG’s first women Ph.D. Born on Buka Island, North Solomons District, she was educated at Catholic schools in the North Solomons, Goroka Teachers’ College, UPNG, University of Sussex, England, and the University of Alberta, Canada. Shortly after completing her teacher training Martin was appointed headmistress of a primary school near Wewak in ESD. In 1973-74 she undertook a curriculum development and school administration course at Oxford University in England. On her return to PNG she was appointed an Education Department inspector of schools and gained her BA from UPNG. In 1980 Martin won an EC scholarship to the University of Sussex from which she graduated M.Ed. In 1983-84 she lectured in the Education Faculty of UPNG and became president of the National Academic Staff Association. In 1985 she won a Canadian government scholarship to undertake a doctorate in education at the University of Alberta. Following her graduation she returned to UPNG and became Dean of the Faculty of Arts. In 1989 Martin was appointed head of PNG’s Commission for Higher Education.

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