Dregerhafen under probe

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The National – Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Education authorities in Morobe are still making up their minds whether or not to continue Grade 11 education at the beleaguered Dregerhafen Secondary School in Finschhafen.
They are also still weighing up whether or not to close the school altogether.
Dregerhafen is an icon institution both for Morobe and PNG as it was one of the first educational establishments in the country that schooled most pioneer leaders of this country including prime minister Sir Michael Somare. 
In the past, the school also boasted being one of the country and the province’s highest scoring educational institution but this had not been the case in the past five years.
Education authorities said there had been constant backbiting over the past years over the poor performance and their attempts to sort out the matter for the sake of the students. However, their attempts had been received by one of the squabbling parties who said there was nothing wrong with the board and principal who should be allowed to remain. 
Due to the political interference in the running of the school, five teachers left to take up posts in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville last week with more considering leaving soon.
The Dregerhafen Secondary School currently has two principals with the former urged to stay on by one of the disputing parties while the provincial education board has also appointed someone else to take up the position.  
Education Minister James Marape and acting secretary Dr Joseph Pagelio yesterday visited the school after launching the 2011 national academic year at Pindiu sub-station.