Early learning vital: MP

The National, Monday July 18th, 2016

ELEMENTARY education is the most critical part in the development of the life of young people, says National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the facelift of Sevese Morea Elementary School in the Moresby South electorate last week, Parkop said the elementary level schooling was where a young person’s journey started.
“This is where it all starts. We have not been given much attention to the critical part a young person’s journey.”
Parkop said in every developed country, they started children early because they, young children were alert to development.
“Their brains are still opening up, they are still trying to learn positive values, principles and virtues and all the other subjects they need to learn in life.”
“But in our city and country, we have not been recognising that.”
Elementary schools have not been given the support they needed, Parkop said.
He told the children and parents of Sevese Morea Elementary School that they were not just celebrating the transformation of the school but also setting a benchmark on what should be happening in all the elementary schools in the country.
“This is giving the kids a strong foundation that they need in order that they can set a pathway to a high standard,” Parkop said.
He said once they entered primary and high school they children would be A students all the way through because of the good elementary education they have received.
Parkop also said at the opening ceremony that he has already signed a memorandum of understanding with the Government to decentralise education powers to NCDC.