Education in Papua New Guinea
In 2015, PNG operationalized a national education plan (NEP) for basic education. The plan which originally covered the years 2015-2019, was recently extended until 2020 and identifies six focus areas for interventions:
- Access and equity
- Teachers and teaching
- Alternate pathways (including TVET)
- Local management
- System strengthening.
Gender equality is also a cross-cutting theme reflected across the entire plan and its implementation.
The plan provides strategic direction for an integrated approach to education and focuses on improving the quality of education for all. The NEP was endorsed by all partners including civil society organizations in 2017 following an independent appraisal.
In 2017, PNG revived the education sector improvement program (ESIP) committee as the local education group in the country. The purpose of the ESIP committee is to facilitate effective and efficient education development in PNG through better information exchange and coordination between the National Department of Education and development partners working in the education sector.
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The PNG program is financed by a US$7.4 million grant that includes US$3.5 million from the GPE Multiplier, which will mobilize US$10.6 million in additional co-financing from the Government of Japan.
The additional financing from the Government of Japan and the GPE Multiplier grant will support PNG to improve the quality of learning in classrooms by supporting the National Department of Education to develop, procure, and distribute elementary math textbooks and teachers’ manuals in the most disadvantaged and poorly performing provinces. In addition, ESPIG Multiplier funds will also contribute to scholarships to female students’ teachers.
The implementation grant finances the boosting education standards together (BEST PNG), which is fully aligned with the country’s educational priorities and strategies, and benefits from strong national and development partner ownership.
The grant focuses on improving lower primary student learning outcomes in math and science in low performing provinces through strengthened pre-service and in-service teacher education, expanded access to teacher training for female teachers, and improved access to textbooks and teacher’s manual.
All amounts are in US dollars.
GPE has also provided the Papua New Guinea Education Advocacy Network (PEAN) with a grant from the Civil Society Education Fund, to support its engagement in education sector policy dialogue and citizens’ voice in education quality, equity, and financing and sector reform.
Education sector progress
The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in Papua New Guinea, and GPE data shows the country progress on 16 indicators monitored in the GPE Results Framework.
Primary Completion Rate (%)
Lower secondary completion rate
Out-of-school rate for children of primary school age
Out-of-school rate for adolescents of lower secondary school age
Pre-primary gross enrollment rate
Gender parity index for out-of-school rate – Primary and lower secondary
Public Expenditure on Education as Share of GDP (%)
Students/trained teacher ratio
Teachers Trained (%)
Source: World Bank - Education Data
Data on education are compiled by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics from official responses to surveys and from reports provided by education authorities in each country.