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Education Research International
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 485634, 11 pages
Research Article

Challenges for Quality Primary Education in Papua New Guinea—A Case Study

1Department of Business Studies, Papua New Guinea University of Technology, Lae, Papua New Guinea
2African Master's Programme in Comparative Local Development, Harold Pupkewitz Graduate School of Business, Polytechnic of Namibia, Private Bag 13388, Windhoek, Namibia

Received 23 August 2010; Revised 26 December 2010; Accepted 1 March 2011

Academic Editor: Kit Tai Hau

Copyright © 2011 Ravinder Rena. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


There is an urgent need to reform the educational system to achieve universal primary education in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Even after 35 years of independence, PNG has been struggling to educate an estimated 2 million elementary- and primary-aged children and faces numerous challenges in providing Education for All (EFA). This study was conducted in four primary schools of Buma Yong area of Lae district of Morobe Province, PNG. The study revealed that the quality of education has been deteriorated over the past few decades. Many schools in PNG do not have classrooms, teachers, and basic facilities. As a result, the children are losing interest in going to school. The children dropped out of school so as to assist their families in the household and agricultural activities. It also reveals that the dropout rate of girls is more than that of the boys due to the gender disparity in the country. The study recommended that budgetary allocations should be increased so as to improve the infrastructural facilities and encourage the children to attend primary school and thus achieve the Millennium Development Goal/Education For All in PNG.