In his official report to Parliament, Kuman said in preparation for the SBE, the department would conduct awareness and provide in-service training to all teachers at the elementary and lower primary levels from Grades 3-5.
Kuman said the officers from the Curriculum Development Division had been working tirelessly over the last six months to develop the SBE curriculum.
He said in 2011 the National Executive Council had directed the department to review the OBE and a task force took to the task immediately.
One of the main causes of the OBE being a failure was due to the concept was conceived by outside experiences and was difficult to use and manage the system at the national and sub national level, Kuman said.
In addition there were inadequate planning and resources to support the full implementation of OBE. The majority of the teachers did not fully understand the conceptual framework of OBE.
To address the situation, the government, Education Department and the stakeholders will now work together to ensure that mistakes of the past are not repeated when implementing the new curriculum, he said.
“The government needs to continue to invest heavily over the coming years to ensure that the curriculum is fully developed with appropriate teaching materials, teacher training and sufficient amount of awareness are raised with all stakeholders,” he said.
Kuman said the education system of PNG was comprised of about 13,000 institutions enrolling 1.9 million students with 48 teachers in the basic and post-basic education.
He said the growth and participation in all levels of the education sector had been remarkable since 2000. The gender equity in access to education had been achieved since 2007 and there was an emerging evident of improvement in the gender parity.
The national government has been able to use recent economic growth to increase investment in education.
Although improvements can be seen in the system, a further increase in investment will be required to achieve education development goals.
Beginning in 2012, the Peter O’Neill-led government’s tuition fee free (TFF) policy has provided education access to all children in PNG and there has been a 40 % growth enrolment since 2012, Kuman said.