The disease of poor quality education | Hercules Palme Jim

So much has been said on the quality of education in the country.

According to a  recent news article only 9000 grade 12 students out of the 27000 were selected to attend tertiary institutions in the country (The National, December 23, 2020).

I have been involved in an education project for little over 3 years.  I have  travelled to more than 100 elementary schools.  Some of these schools are in very remote locations.

Towards  the end of last year, my colleague and I went to one  school where they told us, we were  the first government officers have visited in 15 years.

There are web of issues that have created the predicament we are in today.   I hope to find time and highlight them in my next post.

However, I want to bring to light one of the fundamentals in all this and that is the quality teachers training, professional development and  its benefits.

Almost all elementary school teachers are grade 8 and 10 drop outs with little professional development or training. They are teaching what they can with the little they know.

They even lack basic teaching and learning materials. Some said, it’s difficult for them to interpret the curriculum to teach the students. At the end, they just give what they can.

Most of them are not paid a government salary.  As a result they close schools after  half day of class and go to their  gardens. The stories of the  struggles they face each day in classroom and at home are  depressing.

The politicians and bureaucrats in Wagani are not doing enough  to diagnose this disease.  Many  of their children go to  private schools and  overseas while majority of the students in the villages across the country like myself have fallen victim to the negligence of  authorities.

Let’s not blame the boom box generation, critique the English of the university graduates but the systems that created  produced the problems.

This is a time bomb.  It must be seen as a national security threat.

We have a war coming if we don’t create better systems and give meaning and purpose to the 70% of our Population.

We saw the drunkenness and chaos when we saw the new year arrive.

Disclaimer: This opinion piece does not represent views of my employer or the project I am engaged in. This is my personal observation as a concern citizen.

5 comments on “The disease of poor quality education | Hercules Palme Jim

  1. Very very true.

    We are destroying our future generation.

    ECD and Elementary School Teachers must have Degree Certification to teach in early childhood schools.

    Children in the early childhood schools have around 3mins to 5mins of concentration time in every lessons in a class.

    The current system/policy in these schools (and all other levels) must be reviewed and upgraded to improve quality in learning.

    Philip Paul Dou Malala Catholic Secondary School Madang Province

    On Sun, 17 Jan 2021 6:21 pm My land | My country, wrote:

    > Scott Waide posted: ” So much has been said on the quality of education in > the country. According to a recent news article only 9000 grade 12 > students out of the 27000 were selected to attend tertiary institutions in > the country (The National, December 23, 2020).” >


  2. About time someone is talking about it. Elementary teachers should be revisited and inspections carried out to thoroughly check them. Inspectors are still appointing these dropouts to run schools. It is frustrating. Teachers are not teaching according to levels and even teaching without program books (teaching out of the blues).


  3. As a genuine PNG patriot and a rural dweller, the concern of benefits from education as well as other public sectors to the rural population (which constituted more than 80%) eat at me like cancer cells. We don’t have access to better education, health, law and order or any other government services (To justify this statement, just see the newspaper or log into any university’s non-school leaver list recently published and you will be stunned to see that there’re hardly any names of rural high/secondary school students been accepted into universities). Are not we called Papua New Guineans and retain the right to all government services not mentioning equality and fairness?
    While the media is making headlines on minor issues in urban areas, we rural people suffer much in darkness.
    1. Media applaud the success of POM Nats. science dux student been accepted into UPNG to study medicine but forgot to mention the misfortune of Okapa Secondary School science dux student who must keep up with the challenges of village life.
    2. Media mentioned about man slaughter, rape, violence which seldom happen in urban areas, but we people in rural areas are faced with these problems every day. We bend together by families and/or clans to deal with these problems in the absence of police.
    3. Media mentioned betel nut sellers, garbage collectors, prostitutes, and so on, make ends meet in urban centers but forgot to mention the rural coffee, cocoa, copra or other agricultural producers from villages who bring money into the country through their produce to strengthen our economy.
    4. Media mentioned about industries (mining, petroleum, timber, plantations, etc..) generating huge revenue for the country but forget to mention that it comes at the sacrifice and abuse of rural settlers/land owners consent/rights.
    5. Media updated us on development taking place in urban centers but forgot to give update on the development taking place in rural areas.
    6. Media published egocentric politicians’ boasting billions of kinas budgeted for airports upgrade which only benefited minority few frequent travelers but published developments in rural areas not exceeding even 2 million kina.
    7. Media mentioned about the government and IRC coming up with new tax ideas but failed to mention if they have better and efficient ideas/plans as to how this money must be used to benefit everyone.
    8. Media mentioned misappropriation, corruption and theft but forget to mention the hustle and struggle a farmer endures in coffee production and transportation over hundreds of kilometers on foot and the list goes on.

    We rural people have no place to go should the country bankrupt or must go through other unfortunate circumstances and will have to face every pinch of it while others escape with the fortune they built on corruption. But let me remind you, it was the common people who raise to power during Bolshevik uprising; the same happened in Cuba and many other countries; the same happened in Bougainville; the same will happen in PNG and the time is now ripe but we need one courageous and charismatic leader to rise.


    • So true and nothing anyone say can undermine your very words.Thank you,this is what we must rise up,stand together ,not for ourselves but for the bulk of Papua New Guineans all over. Our future depends on Us all to make that move.


  4. I have produced some resources which might be of interest to elementary schools. I have created my own big books according to a theme that is supposed to be taught in the elementary prep levels. The text is suitable to our PNG prep level students, ie 6year olds.


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