The National, Tuesday, June 7th 2011
By YVONNE HAIP
PARENTS and teachers in Southern Highlands are calling on Governor Anderson Agiru to explain why the findings of an investigation team into falling education standards have yet to be made public.
The provincial government sanctioned an investigation in January to look into the drop in standards of education in the province.
The investigation team was set up after examination results showed the pass rate of students in secondary schools was in a downward spiral.
But James Waiya Mange, who taught for more than 40 years, said the investigating team had yet to start work.
Speaking on behalf of parents, concerned citizens, teachers, boards of governors and other stakeholders, he said the long delay, especially as it was already mid-year, was a concern.
He said school examinations were around the corner once term two ended and the findings of the investigation needed to be made known.
He said the very poor output of all provincial secondary schools showed Grade 10 and Grade 12 marks continued to drop.
He said that resulted in most students missing out on spaces in tertiary institutions.
Mange said the prompt action taken by the governor and his administration in appointing and funding the team of investigators had been timely, the people had yet to know the probe’s results.
He said if the provincial administration had attended to all its obligations, there would not have been unnecessary delay as it was taking five months to get the committee assembled in Mendi and move into the districts.
He said along with the progress of the rich LNG project, the province needed to build its human resources so that the younger generation could take part meaningfully as the project developed.