Workshop in Lae to Address Illiteracy and Education Issues in Schools

By Edwin Fidelis – EM TV, Lae

Primary school teachers in Lae have gathered for a four-day workshop to discuss ways to deliver effective teaching to students.

The discussion focuses on a local approach using genres, such as story telling, to teach students.

This comes after a drop in education standards over the last twenty years, spurred numerous education reforms.

The four-day workshop brought together teachers in the district of Lae, to talk about issues affecting students in schools. One such, is how knowledge can be taught effectively to students.

The workshop also seeks to address some of the underlying issues within PNG’s education system.

In the mid 90s, and early 2000, the government introduced education reforms in primary schools and high schools to allow more children to go to school. But the reforms brought with it challenges.

Students have had difficulties in understanding basic comprehension, reading and writing.

The education reforms fuelled a growing decline in the education standard in Papua New Guinea.

According to the National Research Institute, for about 14 years, the PNG education system went through a series of numerous education reforms.

One of which, is the Outcome Base Education system, implemented in 2001.

The reform introduced new policies, where students go through Grade 6 without sitting for a national exam, to screen out the less competitive ones.

The gathering over the next two days will focus on equipping teachers with new teaching approaches. And most importantly, to address the issues, created within the education system more than a decade ago.

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