Central Province Launch Standard Based Curriculum

By Sharlyne Eri – EMTV News, Port Moresby

Teachers in Central Province must participate in workshops on Standard Based Curriculum (SBC).

Central Provincial Education Adviser, Philip Alu, says teachers who do not will not be recognised by the provincial education board.

Alu made this statement while speaking at Central provinces’ Launching of the Standard Based Curriculum at Gabagaba Primary School on November 9th.

Central Province is now among 13 other provinces to launch the SBC.

Prior to the launching, selected trainers from each province underwent the SBC Training of Trainers workshop; they will be responsible to train teachers.

With the launch, Central province will join the other provinces with the commencing of cluster trainings for their teachers.

The SBC roll-out cost the province 1.2 million kina which was met with the support of provincial members, administrators and CEOs.

The Outcome Based Curriculum (OBC) was abolished in 2011 after it was found to be a failure through a review following decisions from PNG’s National Executive Council (NEC) in 2011.

It was noted that one of the main cause of it being a failure was because the concept was foreign, and it was difficult to use at the national and sub national level.

The Education Department has now introduced a new reform in the hope of correcting OBC.

Under SBC, which is to be implemented in 2019, there will be seven subjects with the addition of the Citizenship and Christian values subject.

Whether the new reform will prove conducive for young Papua New Guineans is anybody’s guess, and as the Education Department introduce new reforms in the education system, the students are the ones mostly affected.

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