The award bestowed by the Papua office for education, libraries, and archives to honor the fallen teachers' dedication to educating Papuan children in the remotely mountainous regions was received by representatives of the slain teachers' mourning families.
Assaulting and killing teachers must be stopped from recurring in future, Secretary of the Papua Provincial Administration Yulian Dance Flassy notified journalists after attending the event to mark the commemoration of National Education Day.
Flassy contended that any deadly acts of violence against teachers in Papua had severely impacted teaching and learning activities amid the shortage of teachers in the province's mountainous regions.
The secretary condemned the fatal shootings of the two teachers that occurred in Beoga on April 8-9.
Flassy was also optimistic of the government being heedful of the requests of these two slain teachers' spouses for being recruited as teachers to enable them to continue their husbands' dedication to educating the Papuan children in the remotely mountainous regions.
Over the past few years, armed Papuan groups have often employed hit-and-run tactics against Indonesian security personnel and mounted acts of terror against civilians in the districts of Intan Jaya, Nduga, and Puncak to instill a sense of fear among the people.