A member of the Parliamentary Referral Committee on Education (PRCE) investigating teachers’ salary discrepancies and grievances has suggested a re-structure of the education system.
The idea came from Eastern Highlands Governor Julie Soso during the committee’s last inquiry of a series – with the Papua New Guinea Teachers’ Association (PNGTA), Teaching Services Commission (TSC) and the Education Deptment in the National Capital District yesterday.
The inquiry allowed the committee to meet with the three bodies that deal with teacher issues.
“After visiting the provinces and listening to the teachers, I believe we should look at overhauling the education system,” Soso said.
She said the country’s population had increased and the education system needed to adapt to the increase and the social changes taking place.
“When we talk about the education sector and the development of the social sector where education comes, what we have been using have been structured for the past 10 to 20 years.
“We are now into the new millennium and should update our system.”
Soso said she believed the system was a factor to the teachers’ issues.
“The system and the structure in place now in our education system are not meeting the demand and the quality in the education that we need,” she said.
She added with the PRCE in place, it was a time to use it for a way forward for the education system.
Soso said it was up to the government to look at ways for a better solution like improving the information technology.
The PRCE committee will present its recommendations in parliament
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