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06 March 2008


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Well done on publishing the old ASOPA magazine, Keith. Ralph Watson, in his article "The ASOPAN Tragedy", highlights the short-sightedness of closing such a training institution when the region is "drastically short of teachers, English as a Second Language specialists..." etc. Prescient stuff from 1972. What is the case today? Huge shortage of qualified teachers in many parts of Asia and the Pacific. And the teaching of English as a Second Language? It's now one of Australia's major educational export industries. What goes around comes around...

Keith, you're to be congratulated on preserving the history of this great institution and providing such a great service for its ex-students. Although I didn't attend ASOPA, Marie and I met many of its products during our nine years in PNG. These people were essential to the country's development. ASOPA must be remembered --- and you're doing just that.

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