Standard Based Curriculum to Replace Outcome Based Curriculum

by Colleen Barilae – EM TV, Lae

The Standard Based Curriculum will be used in future after it replaces the current Outcome Based Curriculum.

This comes following the Senior Education Officers Conference held in Lae this week, where some of the discussions were centred on ways to improve the education system.

First Assistant Secretary for Education, Titus Hatagen, explained the difference between two education systems describing the new OBE system as “alien”.

Education professionals say the government has also given its attention since 2013 to remove Outcome Based Education in the country.

Mr Hatagen says the Education department has embarked on ways to improve the education system to avoid increased dropouts of students.

The Standard Based Curriculum is structured on a more material system, where students directly access resources to reason and extract information at their own pace.

The Outcome Based Education is more systematic where students are taught with expectations of achieving a more specific outcome in their lessons.

That is, whether the student fully understands the lesson or not is not much of a priority.

With the TFF policy currently effective in the education system, more students will be enrolled at public schools.

This pushes for a more effective approach to improving education in Papua New Guinea.

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