EAST New Britain governor Leo Dion says the general drop in the province’s education system is a challenge to all stakeholders to work together.
He said the drop in primary school to secondary success rate (from 34% in 2008 and 20% in 2009) was not “in the best interest of our children”.
“The drop means our children are not being given the best to excel.
“The challenge is for all to work together to improve the results,” he said in his speech delivered by deputy governor Rev Amos Niba on Friday at the dedication service and launching of ENB’s 2010 Academic school year.
He said the mean rating index in Grade 10 over the last eight years, with ENB being placed tenth out of 20 provinces, was disturbing.
From these statistics, he challenged all stakeholders to ponder and ask what each individual had done to contribute meaningfully to children’s education.
“Let us ask ourselves what has gone wrong in the history of this journey.”
He said the theme for this year “Raising education standards through value added partnership starts in the classroom” should emphasise equal responsibility to restoring the standard of education in the province.
Mr Dion said the provincial government would continue to disseminate a certain degree of responsibilities to the provincial headquarters network system through acquiring and formulation of policy matters.
All teachers from elementary to secondary attended the event.