Student perceptions about senior secondary education in Papua New Guinea

Year: 2002

Author: Tawaiyole, Sunema Pani

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

In a time of uncertainty and problematic futures, choices pertinent to education goals, curriculum reforms, school restructuring and school outcomes are made. Often these choices and decisions are made by professionals in the field or by bureaucrats without proper consultation with or input from the important stakeholders, the consumers who are the students. In this paper, issues identified through a survey of students from a senior secondary school in Papua New Guinea regarding subject choices and how in their view these choices impact upon the perceived school outcomes are discussed. The paper argues that in this era of diminishing employment opportunities especially in the small underdeveloped economies of developing countries, characteristic of uncertain and problematic futures, students' voices can no longer be ignored, their points of views need to be listened to, systematically recorded and analysed and their integration into education planning be encouraged. Education researchers are frontiers in this endeavour and their input is fundamentally important. As we engage therefore, in the review of our research approaches, agenda and methods, it is equally important to consider ways in which research outcomes can be utilised for the benefit to students who are constantly reminded of uncertain and problematic futures or world that they will graduate into.