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Subject: Re: Right to Education or Free Education as "promised"

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Date Posted: Tue, Jun 26 2007, 01:04:18pm
In reply to: Fr. Robert Plews Laka 's message, "Right to Education or Free Education as "promised"" on Wed, Jun 20 2007, 08:31:00pm

Cool thread.. Education is a right, for sure it is, but does successive governments take that into their thick skull? A BIG FAT NO..O.. There are some are questions that i have in mind that i would like for us to ponder on.
Is the quality of education in PNG, up do the standard that can compete with the best? With the mushroming of private training institutions and so called universities, are they providing training with trained professional? for instance, people who teach diploma courses, do they have masters or phd level qualifications? Those are lecturing at the prime insitutions, do they have PHD qualifications? lecturers worldwide have PHD qualifications to teach under-graduates as lecturers, do PNG has that sort of standard? Are there enough classrooms to cater for every children with necessary teaching aids? '

These are some basic questions that still linger in the minds of people who have been through a system that has been perfect. When i recall the early 1990's, UPNG lecturers were PHD holders.. now, take a look at most lectureres, they have either a masters or under-graduate degree and lecturing course entirely dependent on text books and learning with the students at the same time.

All these stems down to Educational infrastructure. PNG lacks education infrastructure. There is a shortage of educational infrastucture, that includes professional lectures, buildings, teaching materials, etc. If such is the case, then, the programming jargon of "gabbage in, gabbage" out can be the end result of a life long process.

Adding onto what 1aku said about deteriorating infrastructure in the country, i totally agree with you. When you have good roads, cash crops such as coffee is marketed well. In a study carried a out by the Central Bank, they found out that, major impediments for export growth was poor infrastructure. People cant take their produces to the market to sell. When they dont have a small cash economy in the local village, they find themselves looking for cash in other ways to pay their kids school fees. If they were given that chance to market their products, they would have the money to pay for their childrens school fees. Short-sighted leaders will always come up with shallow ideas, of free education, because that is temporary bandaid. When the money runs out, they will pressure another sector of the economy to finance that gap. Instead of funding long-terms achievable goals, free education advocates have dwelled on something that they can just smell right now.

Leaders without vision will never project what will happen in the future, they will eat what they have now and find themselves in situations that they cant handle.

I believe, looking at infrastructure developments is the best way forward for PNG by any political party or candidate.

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