Education in PNG

Over the past fifty years, the education system in PNG hasn’t succeeded to a greater extent with most of the population still uneducated.


This is according to Father John Glynn, a pioneer school teacher who came into the country in the early 1960’s and has been here ever since. 


In a recent interview with the pioneer teacher and priest, he was very outspoken about the education system in PNG. 


He called the education system “elitist” and discriminatory, in the sense that it expels or gets rid of more students than it promotes to the next level.


He said that in the recent grade 8 exams, some 106, 000 kids sat down for the exams but there are only some 50, 000 spaces available in grade 9.


In Grade 10, there a 47, 000 students but there are only some 20, 000 spaces in grade 12 that are available.


And in grade 12, over 17, 000 sat for their exams but only 4, 000 will be selected for tertiary spaces.


Fr. John Glynn, originally from Ireland, first came to the country in 1963, and trained as a teacher to prepare the Nation for independence in 1975. Since then, he has taught in various schools in the New Ireland province. He later moved to Port Moresby and worked at the Education Department Headquarters where he designed the Primary School Mathematics Curriculum.


Efforts to get in touch with the Education Department regarding Fr. John’s views were unsuccessful.

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