PNG Teachers feel the pinch of free education
Student numbers have risen to an average of 70 in a classroom causing standards to drop.
Classroom space and limited resources add to teaching difficulties but students are flooding into schools all over the country due to government school fee subsidies.
But, schools have yet to be upgraded to standards that can support the system handed down by the government to increase human development.
The present government had the vision of the free education concept but facilities hadn’t been continually improved in the past to support this vision today.
Principal of Bumayong Lutheran Secondary School Sarah Tapo says the policy would be more effective if school infrastructure could cater for the influx of students.
“With the student fluctuating in schools…we have problems with classroom space. We have 70 students in a classroom,” she said.
Through last month teachers’ had voiced similar concerns of limited facilities. Balob Teachers College trainees and teachers from remote Monokam Primary in Enga Province including the Principal of primary and secondary schools in Lae City.
While all teachers agree with the positive impacts of the policy that will help fast track human development, fears were raised about the drawbacks including limited higher tertiary institutions and the rise in student dropouts.
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