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Subject: K300 million Plus Required for Education!

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Date Posted: 23:53:40 09/28/99 Tue

Ol wantok.

"Dr Waiko said the Education Department was doing its best to build schools in walking distances so that all children can have access to classrooms."

This is taken from the news below. From this statement, what can you say about the focus of educational expenditure? It is obvious that we spend much on educational infrastructure and little on actual education. Is our system making wise use of scarce funding resources? Is education really about schools and classrooms or is it about something else? If it is about classrooms and schools, then the minister is right. If it is about something else, what is it?
I think we need to think about a few basic questions. What is education? How is it best addressed. If the present processes are not achieving that, what changes are required? How can we maximize educational benefits from the resources to education?
Appreciate any comments.


From the National Online

'K364m needed to fund education'

PORT MORESBY: PNG will require at least K364 million to fund education, an amount the Government cannot afford, Education Minister Dr John Waiko said yesterday.

Speaking at the National Dialogue on Reconstruction for Development (NDRD), Dr Waiko expressed concern over the rising cost of education saying the Government had no funds to meet all the educational needs.

"It will cost K364 million to fund education that includes facilities, materials and training and all other needs," he said.

He suggested that the country should adopt a tripartite arrangement for distributing the K40 million school fee subsidies.

He added that a formula could be worked out so that funds could be distributed effeciently to schools on time.

The minister told participants at the forum that he had received many complaints from parents regarding school fee subsidies not reaching the schools.

Dr Waiko invited the delegates from the different provinces to air their views on the subsidies and come up with ways to solve the problem.

He also revealed that out of the 30,000 teachers nationwide more than 15,000 had no houses available.

Another problem he cited was that text books were not reaching the schools and in some instances there were not enough materials and facilities.

Dr Waiko said the Education Department was doing its best to build schools in walking distances so that all children can have access to classrooms.

The minister added that he was alarmed by reports that children in one particular school in Esa'ala, Milne Bay Province, walked 11 hours to school.

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