Let me express my view on how and why the majority of students in Papua New Guinea ranging from primary and secondary schools to universities and colleges are finding difficulties in understanding the basic concepts of math.
Everything starts from the basics. Any subject such as math, English and science have their basics concepts which students must fully understand before moving on to complex ones.
Many times I see students ignoring or misunderstanding the basic concepts of these subjects and as the result they score low grades. Another issue is the quality of education the teachers get.
It means how well the teachers are educated and trained in our existing universities such as the University of Goroka and the University of Papua New Guinea as well as the Balob and Madang teachers’ colleges.
There must be an updated teachers’ curriculum material that keeps in line with the current state of technological development so that teachers can be competent in their jobs .
Another crucial issue is the curriculum material for students.
All curriculum material must be available for students to use.
Failure of the Government authorities and schools to provide these curriculum materials will result in students lacking the knowledge and understanding of subjects like math and science.
There is growing concern about students’ incompetency in subjects such as math, English and science, which is the result of incompetent teachers and the lack of curriculum materials needed to teach students.
The Education Department must look at ways to resolve this issue by providing quality education for the both the students and teachers.