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Subject: Re: How are Elementary and Normal Primary linked?

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Date Posted: 07:48:04 12/15/99 Wed
In reply to: victim 's message, "Re: Questions about the nation's curriculum" on 01:11:57 12/15/99 Wed

The article here about children completing elementary grade 2 seems to send mixed messages. On the one hand, the advocates are saying that it is a good system because it is relevant as learning/teaching is conducted in the Melpa (local) language and that children are learning about things in their lives. On the hand, the article concludes that these children will be disadvantaged compared to those who are going to the "normal system".
What is the link in place for transition from the elementary to the so called normal primary? Is it a waste of time to begin the learning process in the language of the child and than move to the English language? Isn't the comment that those who go through this system will be disadvantaged, really saying, the elementary school in the Reform is superfluous? Such a comparison I think defeats the purpose of the education reform which has taken alot to get it started.

I think there should be a serious look at how the anomalies can be minimized. I guess research should really continue to determine which group of pupils succeed better at different stages of learning, once the transition level (grade 3) is passed.

It seems there are a number of trade-offs between following the "normal system" and the elementary reform system. Can anyboy in the know please clarify the trade-offs? Thanks.

Elementary students graduate in WHP

MOUNT HAGEN: At least two schools in the Western Highlands were the
first to have graduated elementary grade two classes since the introduction
of education reforms in the province.

The Mt Hagen and Mun primary schools will next year enroll their first
grade three students who have undergone three years of elementary

While the Mt Hagen elementary school taught pupils in Tok Pisin, lessons
at the Mun Primary School were in the Melpa language.

Mun's other feeder school, the Mt Ambra elementary school, also teaches
basic literacy and numeracy in Melpa.

Last Tuesday, there was a combined graduation of Mun and Mt Ambra
elementary grade twos held at the Mt Ambra AOG church.

Community leaders, including church pastors, said they were impressed
with the ability of their children to learn and were confident of their
success in primary school.

It was also announced that a Tok Pisin elementary school will be
established next year to cater for children of plantation workers from other
provinces who reside in the Dei district.

Mun primary school headmaster Miria Wakai said at the graduation that the
elementary school concept was a lot more relevant to local communities as
instructions were given using the local language, which made learning easy
for young children.

"Children are being taught in a language their already know and the subjects
taught like aspects of the local culture are more relevant than subjects taught
under the old system," Mr Wakai said.

Elementary teacher trainer for Dei district Tony Nikints assured parents that
their children would fit well into the new grade three classes next year.

Meanwhile, it was announced at both graduations that no transfers to grade
three at these schools would be accepted next year.

Education officials believe, next year's grade three students who graduated
this year from elementary schools were a special group and students from
normal community schools may have an unfair advantage over them.

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