A MAJOR awareness drive is needed to educate people on the new education system particularly in rural areas, a community leader says.
Terry Gaso, from the Karinz local level government in the Mendi-Munihu district of Southern Highlands, said unlike the previous system, the new one was aimed at educating and preparing students to become better citizens.
He said new courses such as making a living, gender issues and HIV/AIDS were introduced but there were reports of rejection by parents.
In some cases, parents had scolded their children and teachers.
Gaso said in a particular school, students were told to bring male and female condoms for a HIV/AIDS awareness programme but they were not allowed by their parents.
“Some frustrated parents went to school with their children and started arguments with class teachers, asking why their children were being taught things that should have been taught at secondary schools and universities,” he said.
Gaso said parents should understand that the world was changing and students needed to learn basic things before they proceeded onto high and secondary schools.
“There are so many confusions in the rural schools and teachers must call up parents’ meetings to educate them.
“Such confusions will exist and would one way or the other affect the mind-set of the students,” he said.
He called on students attending secondary and tertiary institutions to go back to their parents during holidays and educate them.
He said sex was a taboo in the past and parents were not coping with the changing technology yet parents from other provinces were working with teachers.
“This is an issue that needs every educated elite in the province to participate in disseminating vital information to the rural communities.
“We cannot let such misunderstanding hinder the school developments and academic progress of students,” he said.
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