In August 2011, when Somare Government was unconstitutionally overthrown by Peter O’Neill and the team (as seen in the photo), there were good number of policies and decisions made to gain political support and business opportunities without knowing that those policies and decisions will deteriorate PNG Economy.
Let me pin out some common ones to qualify my statement above.
Free Education Policy – this is one of the policies that touched the hearts of the majority. It was introduced straight after the unconstitutional removal of Somare regime. The policy only focused on one side of the coin and did not capture the other side. Simply put, it only increases the number of students in the classrooms from 45 to 70 plus per class, putting more workloads and pressures on the UNDERPAID TEACHERS but did not focus on improving the education standards. Improved education standards is achieved through building more learning facilities, paying the subsidies on timely basis, increase the supply of learning materials, increase teachers’ salaries and so on. This has not eventuated even though the government increased the District Service Improvement Program (DSIP) funds from K10m to K15m. The end result is, fall in the education standards. How? Simply call or walk over to the Measurement Service Unit (MSU) in Port Moresby and check the national examinations results for the current and previous years. The results will blow your mind.
Free Health Policy – another paper policy to gain political support and favour. The National Newspaper reported yesterday that people are still paying for the basic treatments. Meaning, hospitals, health centres and clinics are still charging fees right in front of O’Neill’s free health policy. On one end, Peter O’Neill and Michael Malabag preach about free health policy while on the other end, health centres are charging the fees.
At the business point of view – the multi-million kina cost ineffective and inefficient supplying of schools’ stationeries and medical aids are through O’Neill subsidiary companies or his co-partners. This is to make sure that the money must go back to them. Most of the exercise books supplied will have photograph of Peter O’Neill and the open member on them if he is a PNC Party candidate. In fact, it was a political propaganda.
Now, the idea of O’Neill Government to scrap out grade 8 and 10 examinations next year will further worsen the education standard in PNG to what the half-baked free education policy has done. Let me scale it down.
It will promote LAZINESS to the students. How can the idea of abolishing grade 8 and 10 examinations provide COMPETITION in education system and produce competitive secondary school graduates? It will only produce bunch of laziness and unproductive drop-outs queuing on the unemployment line. Look at the mass created by free education policy. Government, at this point of time, is incapable of providing workable plans to solve the current problems at hand, namely – late payment of subsidies, overcrowding, increase in teachers’ salaries, etc. Also there is no effective measure in place to monitor and scrutinize the subsidy payments. Millions, if not billions have been paid into ghost schools’ accounts. To eliminate the exams will only add more fuels and weaken our education system and standards.
Here is my simple opinion on the main motive behind the abolishment of grade 8 and 10 national examinations – IT IS ANOTHER WAY OF BUYING SUPPORT AND GAIN FAVOURS FROM THE MAJORITY IN PREPARATION OF 2017 NATIONAL ELECTION. JUST LIKE WHAT O’NEILL & PNC PARTY DID WITH THE FREE HEALTH AND EDUCATION POLICIES.
Remember what O’Neill told the Ijavitari people as quoted below;
I WILL BE AROUND FOR A VERY LONG TIME SO GET USED TO ME NOW. THE FIRST SEAT TO BE DECLARED IN 2017 NATIONAL ELECTION WILL BE IALIBU-PANGIA SEAT. YOU MARK MY WORDS – Peter O’Neill.
So everything is planned, calculated and executed on timely basis. There is more on the pipeline that will pop up as days continue to count down towards 2017.