THE Southern Highlands provincial education board has condemned the media statement by Kagua-Erave MP James Lagea attacking education officers.
Lagea had called on public servants, including provincial education adviser Joel Raitano, not to use their positions to conduct early general election campaigns.
Branch president of the Papua New Guinea Teachers Association Christopher Kaia, who is a member of the board, told The National that the education standard in the province was once very poor compared to other provinces.
He blamed it on poor administration and lack of support from provincial governments.
“Under the leadership of Raitano as adviser and support from Governor William Powi, the education system in the province is improving and the academic result speaks for itself last year,” he said.
Kaia said many Grade Eight and 10 students did well in the national examinations and would continue on to the upper grades.
He said many students who completed Grade 12 last year had been selected to attend universities and tertiary institutions this year.
“Lagea is wrongfully and blindly accusing Raitano and other education officers of using their positions to make early campaigns without seeing the real changes taking place in the education sector in the province,” he said.
He said Powi was prioritising education by pumping more money into the sector since taking up office.
Lagea said yesterday he had made the statement in front of Powi, as chairman, and other members of the assembly during their meeting.
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