Jayapura, Jubi – The progress of education in Papua depends on the local government, said a member of the Papua Legislative Council, Nathan Pahabol.
The government must take steps to eradicate illiteracy in the region, he said.
“There’s no doubt that the illiteracy rate in Papua is quite high, especially in interior areas. Eradicating illiteracy is very important and still all depends on the local government whether they have toe willingness to promote education,” Pahabol said on Sunday (30/11).
Nathan said when he served as a volunteer teacher in Yahukimo for eight years, he did not get any assistance from the local government. In fact, besides teaching at school, he also taught how to read and write for the housewives.
“I went to Germany twice to seek some aid and thankfully there were donors who were willing to provide some assistance,” he said.
He also remarked on government’s policy to move some elementary schools in the village to the capital of regency due to no teachers.
“Actually, the government should have placed teachers in the villages. It is the responsibility of regent. As a regent, he must find a solution to any problems that exist in the region, ” he added.
On one occasion, the Governor of Papua Lukas Enembe acknowledged that there are still some obstacles that hinder the progress of education in Papua.
“Many children aged 7 to 12 years and 13 to 15 years have not had the opportunity to enjoy basic education services due to the limited availability of school buildings. “said Lukas Enembe that time. (Arjuna Pademme/Tina)