The National – Friday, December 17, 2010
By GABRIEL LAHOC
MANY school aged children worldwide are currently living with HIV because of the actions of their parents.
Papua New Guinean parents must act responsibly in their parenting roles in order to avoid such a scenario in the country.
Furthermore, the education industry operated by the government and the churches must establish separate character assessments on students involving their ethical behaviour apart from the academic assessment.
This call came from one of Morobe’s senior education officials, highlighting the need for the education system to give equal priority to students’ spiritual and ethical development instead of focusing only on their academic developments.
Keith Jiram made the remarks as the guest speaker at the graduation ceremony of Lae Christian School of Tomorrow (LCST) last Friday, where families and friends witnessed 33 pre-schoolers, 32 ABC students and the only Grade 12 student, Andy Aiau, successfully completing their programmes.
This was done under the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) curriculum this year.
LCST which is located inside the PNG Bible church grounds at East Taraka is one of the oldest operating schools under the ACE curriculum in the country and has been facilitated by Southern Cross Education Enterprise in Australia, in terms of providing the curriculum and also providing development training for its teachers.
According to Principal Mek Glare, Grade 12 students upon successful completion of their studies would be eligible for selection into more than 100 selected universities around the world.
When presenting this year’s school report, Glare praised the efforts of parents and the four teachers, four trainee monitors and four trainees, who make up the teaching staff of the school.