A senior Australian Educationist has commended PNG for implementing the free tuition Education policy.
Executive Director of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Parramatta in New South Wales, Australia, Greg Whitby, said that free education is vital because it will pave the way for a nation’s bright future.
In an interview with EMTV today, Mr Whitby said free education is important, and shows that the country is smart and progressing.
He said PNG’s future is in education, and not in the mineral sector.
Mr Whitby is in the country attending a three-day conference for the International Education Agency (IEA) School Principals.
The theme of this principal’s conference is Learning, Leading and Living.
Mr Whitby, the founding Chairman of the Catholic Education Network, a not-for profit organisation, has a well-known profile internationally as schooling’s Innovative Educator. He said that the best way to improve students’ learning is to boost teacher’s capacity.
He encourages teachers to be role models and work as a team.
He said in order to make education relevant and increase its quality, teachers must have exchange programs to see and learn what others are doing.
IEA Education Director Suzanne Savage said they are determined in providing quality education in meeting international standards, and it is important to get their principals aware of their leadership roles.
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