The National – Thursday, June 23, 2011
By DULCIE OREKE
PORT MORESBY National High School yesterday received the first of four million school textbooks that Australia will deliver to schools nationwide.
The books will be delivered over the next five years.
AusAID head in Papua New Guinea Stephanie Copus-Campbell said: “Four million textbooks stacked end to end will cover a distance of about 1,000km, or more than the distance from Port Moresby to Cairns.”
She said this reflected Australia’s determination to support the PNG government to improve the quality of education in the country.
Port Moresby National High will receive 2,200 textbooks as part of the 331,000, which will be delivered by end of August.
The delivery is in response to a request by the Department of Education for core-subject textbooks for all secondary schools.
In total, 205 secondary schools will receive 331,000 textbooks between now and August.
Each lower secondary set contains 430 books and each upper secondary set contains 550 books for English, Mathematics, Social Science, Geography, History, Sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Physics – and Personal Development.
The number of sets a school receives depends on enrolment figures.
Copus-Campbell challenged students to help end violence, saying students had a “voice to get what is right and end what is wrong”.