Social media distracts bright students in PNG, says education chief

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Students at a Port Moresby school. Image: PNG News

Report by PNG News

Students in Papua New Guinea are facing bigger challenges  as the use of social media is distracting them from their studies.

Director for the Port Moresby Matriculation studies Norman Sike said there were many bright students in secondary schools but they were spending more time on the latest trends of technology and they no longer prioritised their studies.

“Many talented students are not doing well to get into higher institutions due to so much distraction from social media and other latest technology,” said Sike.

“We have to constantly remind students that you may be smart and have the knowledge and skills but if don’t put in the hard work than your selections to Higher Institutions is not guaranteed.”

He said, smart students need to study like any other average students but it is not the case as more of these bright students are losing focus on their long term goals of being successful and educated Papua New Guineans.

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