There are a number of reasons why this might not work in PNG.
The most obvious being that the teacher to student ratio may be higher in PNG. The higher the ratio, the possibility that the effectiveness of teaching might be reduced.
Now, you might think this is a crazy idea and probably wondering whether this should even be brought up. But, this is a question hotly debated in some countries. Should PNG schools ban homework?
Around this time last year, popular television host, Karl Stefanovic, of Channel Nines TODAY Show argued for the ban on school homework. The grounds of his argument was that parents should spend quality time at home with their kids and basically let kids be kids at home.
Interestingly, Karl wasn’t the only one thinking this way and he did have substantial support from other parents who had tuned in to watch the show.
But how successful would this strategy be? Would a ban on homework improve the grades? Would a ban increase the rate of graduation?
Apparently in Finland, the ban on homework or perhaps reducing the frequency and volume of homework to students has had positive results. As infograph shows below, the whole strategy in general is a success.
As you analyse the graph, you can see that while it works in Finland the same is unlikely to be a success.
There are a number of reasons why this might not work in PNG. The most obvious being that the teacher to student ratio may be higher in PNG. The higher the ratio, the possibility that the effectiveness of teaching might be reduced.
The other obvious problem in so far as public schools are concerned is the issues of wages. As you may know, at the end of every school year, teachers face problems with their wages, their timely payout and whatever other entitlements they have.
Do you think, homework should be banned in PNG schools?