Children’s learning outcomes and teachers’ teaching performances have been nationally criticized and described to be of low quality.
This has led the Department of Education, as well as various provincial governments to explore ways of improving national education standards.
As a result, the Department of Education, in co-operation with the Japan International Corporation Agency or JICA, has opted to assist through media, in particular, through Television.
The 2-days EQUITV Pre-Service National Seminar started yesterday in Port Moresby. Attending are administrators and lecturers of Primary Teachers Colleagues, and those responsible for academic programs.
Several provincial governments including the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, East Sepik, NCD, Western Highlands, Central, East & West New Britain, and Manus are driving for the use of EQUITV program in their schools as a means of improving standard and quality of teaching and student learning.
To achieve optimum benefits out of the use of media, the Department of Education is looking to the teacher education program as the best way to implement the program.
The standard of Mathematics and Science in upper primary has been a national concern. Currently the EQUITV lessons broadcast through EMTV is addressing the issue.
It’s believed that student teachers training in EQUITV will equip them to be innovative through the use of media, instead of clinging to the traditional “chalk & talk” method.
With the technological resources and expertise from JICA, the seminar is educating teacher education institutions of the Education Departments agenda to improve teaching and learning through Television.
Studies in media education in PNG have shown there is remarkable progress in students’ performances in Mathematics and Science in Receiving Schools, through media education, especially, TV.
Discussions at the Seminar are focused on looking at the best possible ways to incorporate the EQUITV Program into the teacher education and training courses. EMTV/Pacific Flash