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Tokples literacy

September 27 2011 at 5:54 AM
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The whole reason why the PNG education system was reformed years ago to start in tokples or tok pisin was because throughout the world there is strong evidence that when you start kids trying to read and write in a language they don't understand in the first place, they do poorly, much more poorly than if you start them in the language they're familiar with, THEN move them to a second language (like English).

But once again, as always in PNG, we never bother to investigate the reasons for why anything is done. Instead we jump on the latest new wagon, the next new thing, change everything around, and screw things up again. This is exactly what the Dept Education is about ready to do. Why? No understanding of history, no caring about underlying reasons. Simple as that.

God help PNG as it continues to create new problems for ourselves.

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