Bring back OBC, get rid of OBE

Letters, Normal

FROM the 1960s until Independence, Papua New Guinea had a top rate education system, the outcome-based curriculum (OBC), which catered for everyone in the country, regardless of urban or remote areas.
However, since the outcome-based education (OBE) was introduced, it became apparent that many school children resorted to a lifestyle which best suits them. 
School phobia and truancy rates increased sharply as more children left early or at middle grades before reaching Grade 8.
Obviously it is because OBE created this barrier where a simple rural or disadvantage village child cannot comprehend the context in which it is structured.
Thus, the child loses hope and focus.
OBE is for the wealthy minority and highly educated elites. 
On the other hand, the OBC serves those disadvantage children and keeps them from quitting school.
Many top bureaucrats today are OBC products, not OBE. 
So there is a lot to be achieved from outcome-based education.
I refer to several letters by various writers that appeared in our two daily newspapers commenting on the OBE as a failed foreign system of education. 
I agree with their comments and I believe the old curriculum is still the best as it has broader and wider learning capacity than OBE.
There are many reasons why OBE has failed in the PNG context.
Perhaps one reason may be that it is expensive to produce sufficient training and learning materials such as text books. 
Another important point is teacher-pupil ratio per class, for example, a class of 45 pupils or more is too big.
This also causes a major problem when it comes to teaching resources and materials.
OBE is suited to developed countries or countries which has all the necessary infrastructures in place.
Papua New Guinea does not even have any basic infrastructure in place, let alone school or public libraries and the internet is so expensive.
The foreign nations also get support from established groups within their respective country with the aim of promoting quality and best education system for their children.  Their teachers are highly paid and each classroom is no more than 25 pupils.
Papua New Guinea needs to look at OBE again and make alterations whereby curriculum must be OBC-orientated as it is the appropriate learning domain for children of all walks of life.
OBE-oriented skills may come in at the upper primary level. 
This will create a much better learning avenue for PNG children.
I suggest let OBE be amended or dropped altogether and consider OBC as a priority.-OBC supporter Wewak