Pupils need to read

National, Normal

The National, Friday July 19th, 2013

 THE head teacher of Gamar Primary School, Chimbu’s Kerowagi district, is calling for the Pacific Series to be reintroduced in schools.

Raphael Kenuai, who has been teaching for more than 20 years, said the Pacific Series was the best alternative to fix the problems created by the Outcomes-Based Education (OBE).

Kenuai said the Grade 12 results last year were very poor compared to the past because of the OBE.

He said the majority of students did not make it to universities because of their poor marks.

He said this year the Grade 12 results would be the same because the students started from OBE at Grade 1.

“In order to fix the problems created by OBE, Pacific Series class readers and text books must be reintroduced in schools immediately,” he said.

Kenuai said students in primary and community schools were in a sick bed because they had no English Grades 1-6 class readers or text books.

“I want to commend Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for abolishing the OBE in the country after hearing the cries of the teachers, parents and students when seeing the drop in the education standard in the country,” he said.

He called on the government to reprint the Pacific Series and distribute to school before November.

He said education divisions in the provinces must appoint teachers who had been teaching in the past using the Pacific Series to train the OBE breed of teachers.

Kenuai said all teachers would agree the Pacific Series was the best medicine to cure the students now affected by the OBE.