The Vernacular Factor in Literacy in West Gulf Province Schools of PNG

Statement of Responsibility:
Petterson, Robert
Series Issue:
2013-001
Date:
2013
Publisher:
SIL International
Publisher Place:
Dallas, Texas
Part Of Series:
SIL Electronic Working Papers 2013-001
Extent:
43 pages
Abstract:
This paper presents a detailed report of surveys of thirty-three primary and elementary schools in the western portion of the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea, and literacy testing in thirteen of those schools. A particular focus of the research was to compare literacy rates of people who had been educated using an “English-only” model of education with those of people who had received initial instruction in their mother tongue. While overall outcomes are quite poor, students who were given initial education in their mother tongue consistently out-performed peers who were educated under an “English-only” model. Other factors that contribute to the very poor education outcomes that are found in this region are also discussed.
Publication Status:
Published
Country:
Papua New Guinea
Content Language:
Work Type:
Subject:
vernacular education
PNG Gulf Province
PNG Education Reform
PNG
Papua New Guinea
Multilingual Education
MTB MLE
Mother tongue-based multilingual education
Literacy
English-only education
Nature of Work:
Entry Number:
53384
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