Students lag in English, maths

National, Normal

The National, Monday July 1st, 2013

 MANY students do not speak English well and are not good in mathematics and science subjects, Bomana Sacred Heart Teachers College principal Brother Bernie Cooper says.

“If we were to identify the problem, we don’t have enough teachers in the remote areas,” Cooper said. 

He was speaking at a presentation by an EQUITV project team of the Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA) last Friday at the campus on the outskirts of Port Moresby.    

The EQUITV project chose the college as the first in the country to use television to enhance education and training. 

A set of equipment, including a television, digital compact disc player and a disc, teacher/student resource books and a generator were delivered to the school. 

Teacher education division superintendent for standards Nopa Raki said the college, run by the Catholic church, was fortunate to receive the equipment ahead of all other teachers’ colleges in the country. 

“I thank the Japanese government through JICA for having confidence in the college to utilise the equipment,” he said. 

JICA’s equitv programme expert Hiromi Miyao told the students the equipment would open the door to knowledge and information. 

“When we look at you, we see the faces of children whom you will be teaching in the future,” he said.