By Vasinatta Yama – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Even though many Papua New Guineans do not accept the idea of doing away with the Grade Eight and 10 National Exam, some have accepted it.
The Waigani Christian College Founder and Director, Benjamin Mul, told EMTV that PNG have a bottleneck education system that is failing students.
He said students must be mature enough to drop out from high school.
The Waigani Christian College is a privately run high school.
In 2013, it was selected by the Education Department to trial out the Standard Based Pilot Project.
The project allows students to continue their education from Grades Eight and 10 without dropping out.
More than 400 Grade Eight students in NCD, who were not selected to continue in 2012, were sent to the college to repeat in 2013.
Just two weeks ago, they graduated in Grade 10.
Starting next year, Grade Eight and 10 students in the country will not be sitting for their National Exams. Their academic transcript will come from their internal marks.
Mul said that more space will need to be created to give equal learning participation to all children who are at their education age.
NCD Governor, Powes Parkop, also supported the idea. He said this yesterday at the opening of four new quadruple classrooms at Waigani Christian College.
The classrooms will cater for the 400 plus students who are under the standard based pilot project, to continue their grades 11 and 12.
As a token of appreciation for funding the building, the school gave Parkop 20 live pigs.
The building also houses a science and computer laboratory, and a library.
Meanwhile, Parkop said that NCDC’s priority is to allocate space for all children to complete their Grade 12.