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Subject: Is this also Why PNGeans fail as lecturers in PNG universities

man nabaut
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Date Posted: 11:37:48 01/07/00 Fri
In reply to: tingting 's message, "Re: Why Students Fail as graduate students" on 08:00:46 01/06/00 Thu

Nice discussion.

Some of the theories listed can apply also to our faculty members back in PNG. There is definitely a strong deterioration in teaching and research quality with localisation that cannot be fully blamed on lack of money, nor on higher teaching loads.

You look in developed countries and you see that the wantok obligations and pressures do not exist. Not only that, many faculty members are divorced or neglecdt their families in developed countries. For many, their entire life is their academic job and research connected to it.

Small wonder that such dedication leads to a result where you have very highly trained academics that are current with the literature and fine thinkers. They then create a competitive academic environment where others in the department try to catch up.

That seems to be one key to success in developed country academic institutions, especially in the USA.

When PNG had more expat lecturers you saw that many of them were single or if married, had few children and certainly no wantok obligations. Some of them also spent little time with the small family they had. You could label that as neglect from one side, but from the academic side they again had time to write books, keep up with the literature, carry out research, and improve their teaching. I'm not saying all expat lecturers were like this, but many were.

How does PNG catch up to this kind of competition and level of academic excellence? It doesn't. There is no possible way to eliminate the side attractions that prevent the same level of academic excellence.

Should PNG try to eliminate these side distractions? You mean elminate the dedication PNGeans have to their families? Enforce an environment where the job requirements of academics cause them to lose their wives or husbands, and dedicate 100% of their lives to their jobs?

That's what we compete against if our academic institutions truly want to compete and beat similar academic institutions overseas.

I'm laying out this issue rhetorically and I realise there are other factors involved. However, there is a bottom line difference between students that grow up in a melanesian environment and those who grow up in an overseas environment where land is nothing and education is everything. We can never win against that kind of competition, can we? If we compete we will usually always lose (with a very few individual exceptions), if we lose, we feel less capable, and if we feel less capable, we degenerate further into handout and dependency mentality.

On the other hand, if we stop trying to follow the system of others and learn to be proud in our own system, we have a chance of gaining the satisfaction and happiness that would make PNGeans feel like they were developed.

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