Education in Rural Areas is “Messy”

Pupils in West Papua. (Jubi/Doc)
Pupils in West Papua. (Jubi/Doc)

Merauke, Jubi- Authorties in Merauke need to pay serious attention to education in rural areas as many teachers skip their duties to pursue their bachelor degrees, Regent Romanus Mbaraka said.

“Schooling in rural areas is still messy and does not run well. As most of the teachers leave their duties for reasons to continue their studies. As a result, teaching and learning activities are not going well, ” Mbaraka said during a meeting with public representatives in the State House (Gedung Negara) on Wednesday (10/6).

Most of teachers who work in the rural areas are those who graduated from SPG (teachers high school), KPG and PGSD (teachers’ college). So inevitably, they must pursue their bachelor degrees to enhance their career in accordance with Ministry of Education regulations.

Nevertheless, he said, the government will try to make sure that the teaching and learning activities will run as usual in the future. Since most of the people who live in villages are native Papuans. Hopefully after the teachers are done with their studies, they will return to the school

Former member of Merauke Legislative Council, Soter Kamiawi acknowledged that education in rural areas is stagnant or running in place because of no teachers.

“I always get reports from villagers in Waan district if teachers are not in place that the children prefer to follow their parents into the forest for a living, “he said. (Jubi / Frans L Kobun/ Tina)