MP wants officers to learn French

National, Normal

The National, Tuesday February 11th, 2014

 THE French language is one of the important languages in the world and should be introduced at the University of Papua New Guinea, Police Minister Nixon Duban says.

Duban made the comment during a meeting with French Ambassador Pascal Maubert last week in Port Moresby. He asked Maubert to consider accepting PNG police officers to attend courses in France. 

“People who want to learn and study in France should not hesitate to learn (the language),” he said.

Maubert said his embassy relied on resources coming from New Caledonia.

Maubert said he could arrange with New Caledonia to send a teacher specialising in the French language to help.

UPNG has only one lecturer but the French class is not a compulsory course. Only few students signed up for it.

“Strengthen the team at the university so that more will learn French,” Duban said.

“Students need a headphone and a small handset so that they can hear, pronounce and speak at the same time.

“What we really need is a good environment that is decent for learning.”

Duban said France was part of history taught in schools and it was good to learn its language.