Jayapura, Jubi – A member of the Papuan Legislative Council, Nathan Pahabol, said the future of native Papuans is at stake unless the government address educational problems.
“All the regents in Papua are indigenous. They certainly know a solution to overcome the problems of education in the region,” Pahabol told Jubi on Wednesday evening (19/11).
He said education in Yakuhimo is very worrying. There are a total of 51 districts there but there is hardly a teacher. As a result, many school-age children are still illiterate.
According to the Department of Education of Papua, about 600,000 Papuans are illiterate, but the number could be higher.
“There should be a control function of the each head region to the district and village levels. Only pay the salaries for teachers who works and do not transfer their salary to the bank. Society also needs to control. Teachers must have a heart to serve in Papua. Do not just get the right but do not do their duties, ” he added.
He said it is time for the local government of Papua to focus on basic education. “We cannot have the doctorate without good basic education,” he said.
Earlier, the Governor of Papua Lukas Enembe, said one of the major problems in Papua is the low teacher qualifications.
Governor asked all parties to work hard and cooperate with various educational institutions such as University of Cenderawasih and Colleges to address that problem. (Arjuna Pademme/ Tina)