THE Education Department will re-introduce the Standards-Based Education (SBE) Curriculum starting February, Secretary Dr Michael Tapo says.
The Standards-Based Education Curriculum was used from 1971 to 1994 when the department phased out the system and introduced the Outcomes-Based Education (OBE) which has been largely criticised by parents and teachers as not being effective.
Speaking during the signing of certificate of completion of EQUITV equipment installation at Wardstip Primary School in Port Moresby last Friday, Tapo said the department would bring back the SBE system for elementary and junior primary levels with the introduction of e-learning throughout all schools in the country.
“In this regard the Department of Education has requested the Project for Enhancing Access and Capacity of EQUITV to improve the quality of classroom teaching and learning through television programmes and strengthen the system for disseminating EQUITV programmes at primary schools nationwide,” Tapo said.
He said the government was embarking on getting all schools in the country to have a “complete school system” strategy where students could start school from pre-school all the way to secondary level in just one school.
He said schools must have input, meaning there must be a teacher to teach, facilitate to aid teaching and students to teach and processes, such as teacher knowledge, curriculum resources would complete what was called the SBE.
“This is not a new system. Our teachers are so used to it except the new teachers graduating out from teacher colleges who we are going to be taught the system,” he said.
While thanking the government of Japan through JICA for supporting and improving the education of children in PNG, Tapo said the e-learning system would greatly boost the morale of teachers and students in the classroom.
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