Govt to continue focus on education


BY LYNETTE KIL

As long as there is a government under the leadership of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill it will continue to give priority to education.
Education Minister Nick Kuman made this remark during the launching of the tuition fee free policy component of teaching and learning materials at the Port Moresby National High school on Friday.
“A lot of critics have negative thoughts on free education most considered as a “political gimmick” but the government has proved them wrong.
“Government policy as far as health and education is concerned, will continue to see an investment every year, and that education will feature prominently in the budget,” Mr Kuman said.
He urged parents and stakeholders to participate in sharing the government responsibility in enhancing the education of young people.
“I call upon the parents, you must not take a step backward and expect government to shoulder all the responsibility, there are a lot more things that you as a parent can do to enhance the education of our children.
“In terms of content teacher training, I have been challenging the teachers trainer providers, both Teachers colleges and University of Goroka to ensure that the teachers trained in the institutions must be content oriented,” Mr Kuman said.
He acknowledgded the government’s commitment for the last five years, this saw a growth in the number of students and also increased number in female enrollment, which is the government’s achievement in seeing girls getting educated.
Mr Kuman warned schools and the teachers that the materials are not for sale and must be given to all children. He said 300 containers containing teaching and learning materials, component of the TFF for the 22 provinces is at the Port Moresby wharf.



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