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06 February 2019

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I have observed that education standards in PNG are going down because of political decisions made in the absence of advice from professionals.

A real philosophy of education does not exist in PNG. There is no effective pedagogy nor a systematic education system. It operates on an ad hoc basis.

Despite modern technology and access to the internet being available, teaching hardly uses them. Furthermore, the learning methods do not teach values and true knowledge.

Learning must be based on the praxis method, learn to tell the truth, respect others, practical knowledge, ethics and morality.

Colleges and universities must learn to respect each other and support each other. Education must be centred around integral human development which is a means to an end.

To a socially perceived imbalance, the Tommy Baker solution is one response type but will fail because not only does it not respect life, is audaciously pursued against a more resourced force (albeit inertia challenged) and perhaps more tellingly, it might interrupt the surety of flow of wealth to the political elite.

To a shabbily deceived immersion (a whole body of politic struggling to stay financially afloat) the Tommy Baker solution is noteworthy as a topic of conversation and as a touché of the tenacity that appears essential for rising and ridding the nation of the staggering display of dishonesty at the interface of words and wrought (actions) by the current governance of Papua New Guinea.

To all sceptic responders it is urged, look and measure the deficits of delivery of gavman services, then apply elementary calculation multiplying dimensions by time. Tenacity is tenable and a tenet for tackling tricksters.

Every province is required to have its own Education Act. (A couple still don't, decades after they were required.)

The provincial Acts take precedence over the National Education Act in respect of the operations and management (apart from curriculum) of primary, high, secondary and vocational institutions.

So what section of what Act empowers the National Department of Education to forbid provincial education authorities, registered Education Agencies and/or Boards of Management/Governors from imposing fees?

If a province was to impose fees under its own Act and the National Government were to withhold that province's share of the Tuition Free Fee capitation grants, that would be a matter for the courts to deal with.

Surely, some lawyers could take this up on a pro bono basis in the interest of their provinces.

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