CAMPAIGNER AGAINST outcome-based education (OBE), Corney Alone, has made a public call for a national debate on the merits of the methodology.
Mr Alone has said he will debate the Education Department and anybody who favours this controversial model of teaching.
Writing in the Post-Courier, Mr Alone said, contrary to statements by the Head of English at Port Moresby International School, OBE was an experiment that had failed miserably to live up to its noble intentions for PNG.
“If the good teacher who is the head of the English Department hasn't heard of any countries doing away with OBE, I wish to remind her to look at countries like USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the Netherlands and South Africa who have tried this system and ditched it,” he said.
Outcome-based education focuses on measuring student outcomes and contrasts with traditional education, which focuses on the resources available to students.
OBE does not focus on particular teaching or learning styles. Instead, it requires that students demonstrate they have learned designated skills and content.
It has been adopted in some education systems but usually amidst great storm about its use.
Earlier, in an article published in PNG Attitude, Mr Alone said: “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.”
He has requested that the University of PNG facilitate a debate in Port Moresby next Friday afternoon.