A report released by the PNG National Research Institute today indicates that the new education system may create problems for schools in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Is it the right time to implement the new 1+6+6 basic education system in Papua New Guinea? The report states that the new basic education system, being advocated by the Department of Education (DoE), may be difficult to implement.
Author, Education Research Program Research Fellow, Jeremy Goro, says the new Standard-Based Curriculum (SBC) education system will create problems for schools as well as opportunities.
This system will have one year Early Child Education Development, six years in primary education and another six years in secondary education. This means the current infrastructures in schools will need to change to accommodate the new system. It implies that secondary schools will need more classrooms and dormitories to accommodate grades 7 and 8.
This might create more problems in competing for spaces in the classroom, dormitories, mess, science laboratories, computer laboratories and even pupil-teacher ratios in the already strained infrastructure in secondary schools.
However, there may be less problems at the primary school level because of the reduction in the number of grades and students to manage.
Mr. Goro said in order to effectively implement SBC, the DoE should have consulted key stakeholders, do more awareness, train teachers on the new curriculum, build facilities, and produce more resource materials.
“Another issue … is lack of research and evaluation to identify factors restricting proper implementation of education system in PNG,” he said.
The PNG education system has undergone revolutionary reforms in the last four decades from the Objective-Based Curriculum to Outcomes-Based Curriculum and now to Standard-Based Curriculum.
Authorised for release by:
Dr. Osborne Sanida
PNG NRI Acting Director