PAPUA New Guinea needs a better education system, an educationist says.
Korowa Pokeya, a former teacher from Dauli Teachers College, said the phonics system should replace the preparatory elementary system.
“In phonics, children pronounce, read and understand much better and are onfident,” Pokeya said.
“Children in phonics class talk with confidence in front of a crowd and do much better than children their age in the normal (public) elementary system, as well as adults.
“Phonics is the way to go and can make a big difference in the education system.”
Pokeya, who spoke at the graduation of 11 street children who graduated last week from the Accelerated Christian Education phonics class in Waigani, said he could not believe that they could talk for a long time by reciting things from memory.
“Our education system needs to go that extra mile where our children are kept to the learning standards of children in Western countries.
“Phonics methods are suitable for that kind of learning to take place.”
Hannah Siminji and husband, Ken of Life PNG Care based in Port Moresby have partnered with the Lighthouse Christian Academy to take unfortunate children out from the streets of Port Moresby, look after them and give them education to become better Christian citizens.
The teaching materials called PACES are helped by Dianne and Peter Johnson from Australia, long-time friends of the Siminjis, who also witnessed the graduation.
Friend, relatives and guests at the graduation were impressed with what the children learned from phonics as they were far more effective than normal elementary education.
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