English teachers of secondary schools in Morobe province said the level of written and spoken English in schools is dropping and have again blamed the outcome-based education curriculum (OBE) for the demise saying it be done away with - Ellen Tiamu, The National, Friday 6 August
AS A PATRIOTIC Papua New Guinean, I am saddened by what I read and continue to read about outcome-based education (OBE)*.
People need to understand the appalling situation, honestly debate it and act accordingly – and quickly.
The OBE story is heartbreaking, alarming and a serious cause for concern.
Look at it this way. Give a select group of students a decent education for 15 years. You will produce intelligent and potential leaders for industry and government.
Now, conversely, give another select group of students crap education for 15 years and you will produce mediocre and poor leaders wherever they end up.
PNG introduced outcome-based education 15 years ago. Soon we expect to see mass production of a mediocre and poorly skilled workforce.
Hear what the teachers are saying: OBE in secondary schools has no order. They do not know where the English curriculum starts or ends. Students are thrown at the deep end. Previously students were taught spelling, vocabulary, grammar and writing but not with the new curriculum.
This is a travesty. We cannot allow our children to be poisoned and dumped like this. The quality of education has been sacrificed – resulting in ruined lives. This is flawed national policy, planning, and strategy.
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Let’s not kid ourselves. PNG is blindly following a path engineered by shrewd foreign consultants that will lead to death in knowledge and skills.
We have a tragic situation. Our education system has been hijacked and remotely controlled by so-called donors.
They want a poor, lowly educated, average skilled workforce – that’s the outcome they want to achieve. Not the education centred on knowledge, skills and innovative thinking.
The glaring truth is being consciously ignored by the Secretary of Education and his camp of education planners and strategists in Waigani.
The time has come for the parents, guardians and concerned Papua New Guineans to reject the outcome-based education curriculum before we end up with a huge pool of ill-educated people in this country. That is a disaster that is about to happen.
We must seriously rethink the involvement of consultants in framing curriculum development and reform.
This doctored “Oppression Before Enslavement” (OBE) tactic has no relevance and place in my beautiful PNG – abolish it now.
I am calling for a public debate with the Secretary of
Education and his policy makers and planners this month at the campus of the
* Outcome-based education is a student-centred learning philosophy that focuses on measuring student outcomes. It contrasts with traditional education, which focuses on the resources that are available to the student (inputs). OBE does not require any particular style of teaching or learning. Instead, it requires that students demonstrate that they have learned the required skills and content. OBE has been adopted in some education systems in the US, Australia and other countries, often amidst controversy about its use.