THE education system in Papua New Guinea is of very low standard compared with Samoa and the Solomon Islands and this needs to change, an official says.
“PNG is 25 and 15% below the normal literacy and numeracy rate compared with Samoa and the Solomon Islands,” Dr Apelis Eliakim said.
Speaking during a joint workshop by JICA and the PNG government, Eliakim outlined the areas that the new reform would look at when considering changes.
“For a start, the new framework will have four basic main areas that we will need to improve on and they are the quality school leadership, positive school environment, effective school management and quality learning outcomes,” he said.
He said teachers should be equipped with the right leadership skills to teach and lead the children in a positive way.
“Currently, we do have a problem,” he said, “because teachers do not fully understand the Outcomes Based Education (OBE) programme. They are misleading their students.”
Eliakim challenged the attendants to make amendments to the reform to include a positive school environment where the children could have a sense of attending everyday and to improve the effectiveness of the school management, which is seriously lacking today in most schools, resulting in poor quality learning outcomes.
He told the workshop not to rely heavily on the Department of Education to provide the required resources but to engage all stakeholders to meet required resources.
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