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13 August 2016

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You have highlighted some important points in commenting the article. Students must be taught to be agent of change right from the primary schools especially in their provinces. During the time when PNG Education System had only National High schools in various regions, there was national unity. Students from all over PNG met and went to class in those schools and learnt to know each other as Papua New Guineans. However, This trend has changed dramatically due to introduction of education structural reforms where secondary schools are based in provinces and even districts. Students learn to value their ethnicity more than nationalism. We can indoctrinate certain values in children at elementary and primary school age and especially at childhood stages of development but not at crutical and late development stages especially those above 18 because they will be more practical oriented with what they have already learnt in their childhood to be in society. Part of the blames goes to parenting agents and guardians. The society one is brought up makes immense contribution to upbringing of our citizens thus, highlanders are always seen as warriors though they are not the strongest than most coastals. It is the mentality of the society that is brought to light in their doings that generalises behaviours of certain locality and regions. My one recommendation will be to introduce moral education curriculum in schools from elementary to tertiary levels.

Daniel, You have highlighted some important points in commenting the article. Students must be taught to be agent of change right from the primary schools especially in their provinces. During the time when PNG Education System had only National High schools in various regions, there was national unity. Students from all over PNG met and went to class in those schools and learnt to know each other as Papua New Guineans. However, This trend has changed dramatically due to introduction of education structural reforms where secondary schools are based in provinces and even districts. Students learn to value their ethnicity more than nationalism. We can indoctrinate certain values in children at elementary and primary school age and especially at childhood stages of development but not at crutical and late development stages especially those above 18 because they will be more practical oriented with what they have already learnt in their childhood to be in society. Part of the blames goes to parenting agents and guardians. The society one is brought up makes immense contribution to upbringing of our citizens thus, highlanders are always seen as warriors though they are not the strongest than most coastals. It is the mentality of the society that is brought to light in their doings that generalises behaviours of certain locality and regions. My one recommendation will be to introduce moral education curriculum in schools from elementary to tertiary levels.

We Highlanders know fighting is destructive, people die and have to replace lost property, but we still confront each other.

It always happens that when it comes to reconciliation and compensation ceremonies, we pull our opponents close, hug them and cry like children.

While I applaud the efforts of all parties concerned to bring peace to this modern university, what UOG Highlands students did is exactly what our tribesman do in the villages.

A positive outcome of the UOG debacle should be that the students would from now on be agents of change and promote peace and unity in their own villages, electorates and provinces to ensure our region collectively enjoys peace and prosperity to a whole new level.

The Highlands region has the potential to produce all the coffee, tea, cardamom, bulb onions, strawberries and other spices and vegetables the country and world needs.

Our region is home to gold, oil, gas and renewable resources like timber. The Highlands region is a tourist’s wonderland with its cool climate and colourful cultures so evident during annual cultural shows.

Why don’t we educated people realise our potential and make full use of our resources starting now?

Imagine for a while at what level of development our region would be at if our people have not been killing each other and destroying property worth billions of kina over the years.

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