Mendi school resumes classes

National, Normal

The National, Thursday 18th April 2013


CLASSES at the Mendi School of Nursing in Southern Highlands resumed on Monday after a week’s strike by students.

The Lae and Goroka Schools of Nursing also resumed classes this week.

Two officers from the Department of Health in Port Moresby met with representatives of the three nursing institutions in Goroka to address their grievances.

Jacob Walo, a lecturer at the Mendi School of Nursing, said two officers from Mendi, three from Lae and eight from Goroka attended the meeting.

He said they were promised by the health department to have their overdue awards ready before June.

“Lecturers went on strike because of non-payments of overdue allowances since 2011,” he said.

Walo said lecturers would try to catch up on lessons missed during the week.

He said final year students would go out this month to districts and provinces to do their practical assessments while preparations for semester exams were underway.

Mendi School of Nursing student’s president Jennifer Birisi thanked the health department for sorting out issue.

She said final year students were worried that they would be affected if the strike continued.