Grade eight students’inthe country will proceed to straight to grade nine inthe future.
Acting Education Minister, James Marape, announced this duringthe Waigani Christian School graduation ceremony today.
The initiative will be trialed atthe Waigani Christian School for its grade eights this year before being rolled out to schools throughoutthe country.
The announcement came atthe back of increased grade eight drop outs inthe country underthe current education system.
Mr. Marape’says, this is part of governments’ plan of reformingthe basic education system.
Students will no longer have to leave after grade eight but after grade 12.
The concept will be piloted first bythe Waigani Christian School in Port Moresby and if all goes well, it will be rolled out to schools nationwide.
Mr. Marape’says, this will enablethe government to focus on funding to keep more students’in school.
Bet withthe already increasing student numbers in schools,there are concerns this may add tothe burden.
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