26 Sep 2011

PNG government's aim to provide free school education viewed as ambitious

4:52 am on 26 September 2011

A Canadian volunteer organisation working in Papua New Guinea has described the government's aim to provide free education up to year ten as ambitious.

The new government's first budget has given its biggest single allocation to education, offering 305 million kina to the sector.

The education programme manager for Canadian University Service Overseas in Papua New Guinea, Richard Jones, says it's great news the spend on education has increased over recent years but he believes the scope of the government's aim is to broad.

"We would like the government to focus on the lower primary grades first,as per their universal asic education plan. Mostly to ensure there is enough teachers and classrooms for the children that are coming into school"

Richard Jones who says the level the government has agreed to spend needs to be sustained for a number of years