By Judith Kasek – EM TV, Port Moresby
Standard based education will be taught next year, starting in the nation’s capital. Acting Departmenty Secretary for Education, Dr Eliakim Apelis said the system will be implemented starting from the elementary to lower primary level.
This is the first step towards phasing out the outcome based education system, after its failure to deliver quality education for Papua New Guinea’s children.
In place, ‘Standard Based Education’ will be implemented in 2015 beginning in the nation’s capital with acting Departmenty Secretary for Education, Dr Eliakim Apelis explaining that there are two main areas of the system that will be implemented next year.
The standard based education system and curriculum ‘SBE system’ will see an introduction in the standards at all levels of teacher professionalism that will be compulsory for all schools in the country.
Standard based curriculum on the other hand is targeting the characteristics of the curriculum; this means that there will be standards set for literacy, numeracy and life skills that a child will have to achieve before moving on to the next level of education.
The change in the education system comes after the decline in the standard of children’s learning in the country.
There will be a series of trainings early next year, and a nationwide program, developed by the education department, will start the training of elementary teachersand then lower primary teachersteachersn grade six, seven and eight will start training in 2016.