Programme for teachers to boost math, science


NEARLY 2,000 lower primary teachers will benefit from a training programme to lift the standard of mathematics and science.
The programme, called “Boosting education standards together in PNG (Best PNG)”, is supported by donor partner Global Partnership for Education and Save the Children who is the grant agent.
It is implemented by the Department of Education in six targeted provinces – West New Britain, West Sepik, Milne Bay, Northern, Western and Gulf – to improve mathematics and science proficiency among students.
The programme for the 1,965 teachers is aimed at improving lower primary students’ learning outcomes in the two subjects in low-performing provinces through strengthened pre-service and in-service teacher education, expanded access to teacher training for female teachers and improved access to textbooks.
Furthermore, the programme is aimed at increased enrolment of female students in lower secondary schools; a more efficient use of Government tuition free subsidy to improve access and learning outcomes and improved grade 5 literacy learning outcomes.