By Mickey Kavera – EMTV News, Port Moresby
The drop in education standard in Popondetta, Northern Province has left many parents worried.
The recent selection of only two students from the province to study at the country’s premier learning institution, the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) begs many questions.
Selections to UPNG are often used as a yard stick by many parents in the province to measure the level of education.
Parents say little attention has been given to this issue, which has affected many students.
The provincial government has taken a keen interest in identifying the root cause of the problem.
The investigation will look into a number of areas, including the quality of teachers and housing, among others.
Scholarship schemes have also been established to assist students in the province to further their education, and to lift the standard of education in the province.
So far students who have gone through this scholarship program, initiated by the Governor Gary Juffa, have nothing but thanks for the opportunity to further their education.
The scholarship does not promote a free hand-out mentality; rather it encourages scholarship recipients to work hard.