Oro Education Woes

Parents in the Northern Province have raised concerns on the drop in the standard of education in the province.


They say many of their children are not being selected to tertiary institutions and have questioned why this has been on-going.


The provincial education advisor, Maino Vegoli, said it is a problem that requires political will and good management at the provincial level to solve.


Over the past two decades, the standard of education in the Northern Province has dropped.


The output from secondary schools in the province into tertiary institutions has been at an all-time low.


Statistics show that between 2008 and 2010, no students were selected to the University of Papua New Guinea.


This example is an indication of the drop in education standards in the province.


Provincial Education Advisor Maino Vegoli admitted that the standard has dropped and immediate action must be taken to address the situation.


Poor educational facilities and resources are some of the contributing factors, he says.


The provincial government has established the Oro Provincial Government Tertiary Students School Fee Assistance to alleviate this problem.


Through this scheme, students will be assisted to further their studies and also to improve their GPA’s to gain entry into tertiary institutions.


A review is also being carried out on the Oro Education Act 2006 and the Oro Education Plan 2006 to 2015, which has failed.


Twenty million kina Rehabilitation Education Sector Infrastructure funds allocated for schools in the province are alleged to have been misappropriated.


While over K376, 000 from the 2013 budget allocation was diverted to hire vehicles.


Investigations into this alleged misappropriation of funds have already started; with the provincial government adamant that it will prosecute those involved.

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