THE growing economic and social changes are having an impact on Papua New Guinea’s education system, a manager says.
In his presentation at the 13th PNG Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference last month, Highlands Pacific Ltd managing director John Gooding said the way our education system was progressing had mostly to do with changes in technology and the speed at which it was occurring.
“Education is the single most important determinant of standards of living and life prospects,” he said. “It provides better opportunities for students and citizens to participate in industry and commerce growth at more senior levels. But education is changing due to economic and social changes that can be best categorised as technology.
“As we all know, education is moving quickly due to technology changes and the benefits of technology through improved communication in PNG has been transformational for many people in the country and particularly those in isolated areas.”
Gooding, however, said the country was still facing challenges in adapting to these rapid changes.
He said the Peter O’Neill-led government had recognised the many challenges that would need to be addressed.
He said these included poor access to schools, lack of transport and insufficient schools or classrooms for the increasing young population.
Gooding, who is chairman of education to PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, said the chamber through its initiatives was trying to assist schools in adapting to these changes.
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