THE Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia, The Most Rev. David Vunagi says the country needs an education system that trains and equips students to be innovative and creative in life.
He highlighted this during a St Nicholas College’s end-year graduation in Honiara yesterday.
Rev. Vunagi said the present education system only allows students to go through a process of systematic disorientation where the mass will find themselves in limbo.
“Our present Education system only allows students to go through a process of systematic disorientation,” he said.
“Only a small percentage of students benefit from the current system.
“The mass however find themselves in limbo at the deep end of the stick. That is at the end of their school they are helpless. They are aimless and do not have any sense of purpose in life.”
About 80% of the country’s population live in rural areas, and depend on sustainable agriculture.
“In that regard we need an education system that train and equip students to be innovative and creative in life.
“Our students must be able to develop the subsistence way of life to deliver economic benefits to help themselves and their communities.
“We need academics, doctors, lawyers, and so on but I still believe that a good education system is that which educates the mass of the population- ordinary person on the streets.
“Our economy has reached a saturation level because we are only educating a selected few and the mass is either watching or sleeping on the side-line.
“We need technological courses included in the curriculum though expensive as valuable things are not cheap,” Rev. Vunagi said.
He said the Diocese of Central Melanesia wants to see its schools like St Nicholas moved away from the kind of education system that only gives an illusion of hope to its students.