IT is good to read that the Kokopo Business College (KBC) is set to be upgraded to a polytechnic as reported on June 19.
As a concerned guardian of a student attending KBC, the college needs to improve the current status before even thinking about any upgrade.
A good number of students have withdrawn from the college because they are not getting what they deserve.
Most lecturers do not turn up for classes and some only turn up for tests without actually giving lectures.
There are no text books. Students pay to have their assignments printed.
Students are expected to do online research but no computers or internet provided.
Students carry chairs from classroom to classroom. Dormitories are cramped to capacity.
There is no student services and vital services such as counselling or chaplaincy.
The college even started lectures very late into term one.
Such problems will only result in poor quality of teaching and learning.
Any upgrade should be aimed at improving both teaching and learning and not because KBC is in a tourism hub.
The country needs quality and morally right accountants, managers and any other professionals who will graduate from KBC and not a bunch of half-baked professionals trained by ignorant lectures who do not have their students at heart.
I recommend an academic audit be done to KBC so students get what they rightfully deserve.