Schools reforms in 2016

The 2016 academic year for all public schools in the country starts today with major reforms to be implemented by the Department of Education.

This year will see the introduction of the Standard Base Education (SBE) and abolition of grade 8 and 10 exams.  

The Government in 2014 abolished the Outcome Based Education (OBE) system.

PNG Teachers Association (PNGTA) president Tommy Hecko said in a statement, “It is imperative that the National Government and its agencies, particularly the Department of Education and Teachers Services Commission effectively monitor and implement the SBE curriculum.

“The effectiveness and success of the SBE depends on a number of factors.

“One of the most important factors is the training to teach the curriculum.        

Hecko said with the abolition of examinations the number of students in schools continuing to year 12 will increase and there must be adequate funding by the government to implement the policy.

“As a direct result of this there will be more demand for students seeking further education in universities, colleges and other tertiary institutions.”

Charles Yapumi