New classrooms open

Momase

By VICKY BAUNKE
STUDENTS attending the Markham Road Primary School in Lae can now enjoy a new classroom built from the tuition fee-free programme.
The opening was attended by the Digicel Foundation chief operation officer Rita Obe, director for inclusive education Dr John Pokana, education officers, parents and teachers.
The foundation funded a classroom and an ablution block for children with special needs.
Head teacher Sam Nalong told The National that the building was built from the TFF funds.
“The school has gone through overwhelming challenges because of the introduction of the TFF policy and the ceasing of project fees has also forced a lot of constraints on the school,” he said.
“The school’s priority is children’s learning but it is impossible to implement quality education with the delays in funds.
“I appeal to the Government to review the tuition free fee policy because it is holding back the delivery of quality education to students.”
The school has about 1800 students, 47 teachers.
Nalong said the school had been facing the problem of overcrowding with more than 50 students in a classroom.
Nalong thanked the Digicel Foundation for building the classroom for students with special needs.

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