LATEST research shows that only 15% of high school students will enter into higher institutions or find jobs when they finish their education.
Research carried out by the Education Department and presented in the Implementation Booklet, revealed that 85% of students are expected to go back to the villages to work the land and use their skills to make a living.
Curriculum assistant officer in Arts for secondary schools, Susan Oliver, told The National last week that the education reform had now turned its focus to child-based education, unlike the previous reforms which were objective-based, meaning they were more westernised.
Ms Oliver said with the current reform, students were now being further trained and skilled in areas of their interest and that was one thing that had proven to be the drive behind a student’s excellence if the classroom was not suitable for them.
She said the technical vocational education training (TVET) and the information communication technology (ICT) are some of the skills that students could further their education through the different pathways establish to help sustain their lives.
Ms Oliver said the first national Education Department seminar, held on Aug 24-28 at the PNG Education Institute in Port Moresby, was a success.
She urged the department to come up with more of those seminars where issues, ideas and experiences could be shared among the students, teachers and the stakeholders in the education system.
“For a good education everyone must be involved,” Ms Oliver said, quoting the words of Anglican education representative at the seminar, D. Kabekabe.