The poor quality of graduates from teachers colleges is being reflected in the quality of students being produced for universities. This cames from a ward councillor, Mondol Sowel, when he was raising concerns on the quality of education delivered by teachers throughout the country. A councillor of Utupia, Poroma, in the Southern Highlands Mr Sowel has raised concerns that the quality of graduate teachers from teachers colleges throughout the country is poor and is affecting the learning of the children. He said the level of training had dropped over the years because teachers colleges were selecting students without proper screening and following selection processes that affect the quality and level of education in the country. He said although he was not a trained teacher he would see the performance, the quality of numeracy and literacy skills of the children taught by the teachers. He said experience had indicated that many grade 12 dropouts with poor results have entered teachers’ colleges and come out after two years of teacher training. He said the quality of the performance of these teachers was indeed poor and their poor quality training were then imparted to the students. “These teachers cannot even speak and write good English, even their numeracy skills are poor that are then imparted to the children. The children are future leaders and human resource of this nation who will bring the country to another level and needs to be trained properly and prepared for the future well by quality teachers,” he said. He said the early childhood learning was the foundation of any child but the poor training and poor quality of teachers coming out of the teachers colleges was a threat to the nation’s building. Mr Sowel comments follow the President of Divine Word University Fr Jan Czuba’s concerns raised early this year when addressing the academic staff of the university that the education system in the country has dropped; it is producing poor quality of students from the secondary schools in the country and urged institutions to assist these schools properly. Mr Sowel said if the early childhood learning environment and the training were not done properly for the young children, years after would not as good as it was support to be. “Imagine speaking English to a grade 10 or 12 or even a university student. That student will obviously speak English like a grade six student or gradually turn to Tok Pisin, worse would be his or her written work or assignment. “I do not want our children to be trained and educated poorly who cannot even compete on the international level,” he said. Lemeck Kenz, concern parent and an employee of one of the resource developers in the Southern Highlands, further called on the administrators of teachers colleges, the Commission of Higher Education and the relevant authorities like the Department of Education to correct the problem as it was unhealthy for the country. “If we continue to produce poor quality teachers then the education system is not on par with other countries in the region. We are heading to disaster and the authorities should be mindful of the kind of students being selected and trained as their performances reflect the institution. This is a serious issue the government and the Commissioners for Higher Education and the Department of Education and the teachers colleges should now address as immediate priority if we want to head the right way,” he said.