26 Sep 2011

PNG government's aim for free school education viewed as ambitious

2:24 pm 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 165 million US dollars to the sector.

The education programme manager for Canadian University Service Overseas in PNG, 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 too broad.

"The majority of children in Papua New Guinea are actually in elementary and primary school rather than secondary school.Secondary tends to be a rather small elite and we feel the money would be best spent in getting as many elementary and primary school children into school as possible."

Richard Jones says the government spend would need to be sustained for some years.