Basic Education - Enrollment trends
At 6 to 8 years of age all children including those with special needs begin their basic education in an elementary school in a language that they speak. For the next three years they develop the basis for sound literacy and numeracy skills, family and community values including discipline, personal health care, and respect for others.
Elementary schools will be open in all districts of Morobe to allow all six to eight year old children to enrol in elementary preparatory class All children will be provided with an opportunity to enter Elementary Preparatory and complete three years of elementary education. There will be annual and biannual enrolment in all schools
At the age of 9 to 11 years old children including those with special needs will continue their basic education in a primary school. After six years of primary education that begins with a bilingual program, children have skills to live happily and productively, contribute to their traditional communities and use English to understand basic social scientific, technological, and personal concepts and value learning after Grade 8.
All children will be provided with an opportunity to enter Elementary Preparatory and complete three years of elementary education. There will be annual and biannual enrolment in all schools. All children enter elementary Prep at the age of 6 years by 2016. Sixty four preparatory classes establish each year 2016 All elementary schools should have classroom constructed in accordance with the Provincial infrastructure guidelines by 2016.
Plan for the increases in the student enrolment to meet the target. Develop guidelines for communities and local-level governments to use for the establishment of elementary schools. Local-level governments are to budget for infrastructure and maintenance grants to support infrastructure development for elementary schools annually.
It is anticipated that the majority of primary school-aged children in all districts in Morobe Province will complete primary education. Attrition however, will continue to remain a critical issue for the province. Programs such as child-friendly schools or school pastoral care services, improved community awareness, training of Board of Management members will need to be undertaken to achieve the targets. It is anticipated that the percentage of girls enrolled in Grade 3, and of those completing Grade 8 by the end of the Plan period will be consistent with the percentage of girls in the population as a whole. A review will be undertaken to ensure that policies and targets relating to gender equity are being realised.