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Subject: Re: K300 million Plus Required for Education!

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Date Posted: 01:23:55 10/14/99 Thu
In reply to: Paul 's message, "K300 million Plus Required for Education!" on 23:53:40 09/28/99 Tue

Came across your site via Trilobyte forum which I have known of for some time. Good work.

I think you are spot on with your assessments. The problem is that when you start focusing on doing education in just a few schools, they invariably end up being the urban ones. The rural ones suffer. An urban educated elite is created, which only creates further incentive for unmanageable urban migration.

Urban schools tend to be a more attractive focus because it is far more efficient to deliver any kind of service (education, health, mail, etc.) to dense populations compared to scattered ones.

So we end up with a situation that does not necessarily involve bad decisions, but rather the curse of rural service providing that affects all developing countries, and diminishes through industrialisation and urban migration.

That describes what ultimately has been happening in other developing countries. Would we want PNG to follow the same path? Isn't the beauty and treasure of PNG in its rural, not its urban population?

If so, then there are some fundamental issues that underlie the observations you make about education.

BTW, if any students are walking 11 hours to school, you can be sure they aren't doing this every day, but are informally boarding with wantoks. Prof. Waiko may have lived in the city too long!

Take care.

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