THE MEAN exams scores for Grade 12s from secondary schools in East New Britain for 2014 have raised great concern among people of the province.
Although ENB grade 12 national examinations mean scores topped the Islands region, people queried the average mean scores.
The mean exams scores for secondary schools in ENB from extracts provided by the Department of Education show that Kokopo Secondary scored 50.56, Malabunga Secondary scored 49.86, Maltech Secondary scored 48.04, Utmei Secondary scored 50.58, OLSH Vunapope Secondary scored 50.29, Saint Mary’s Vuvu Secondary School scored 50.57, Kambubu Secondary scored 47.48, Kerevat National High scored 57.06 and Vunabosco Secondary scored 46.62.
Minister for Higher Education Malakai Tabar, who is the Gazelle MP, while commenting on the mean exam scores for the province said the elementary school system and primary school programmes have to strengthen a culture of study to improve academic performances in high and secondary levels.
He said this is a matter of individual family units where parents have a greater role to play in encouraging the culture of study.
He called on parents to strictly forbid their children from owning a mobile phone which has appeared the main distraction in this age of technology. “We can blame the school, the teachers and the student,” Tabar said.
“What are you doing as a parent?
“A lot of us parents do not even read or ask the student about their school work.
“By the time the child gets to Grade 12 we have very high expectations. A bit unfair,” he said.
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