New Ireland aims for total literacy by 2026

Education, Normal

The National, Monday 20th May 2013

 POLITICAL stability in New Ireland has created a major shift in education for the last five years. 

Better infrastructure and the creation of three new high schools – New Hanover, Tanir and Nasko – have been a priority for the New Ireland provincial government to complement the free and subsidised education policy under the Malagan Declaration aimed at total literacy for all New Irelanders by 2026.

For Tanir High School, according to caretaker Education director Herman Poyasei, the deployment of the 66 Grade 9 students and six teachers had been successful as both teachers and students were now at the school site with effective teaching and learning taking place. 

“The school-learning environment is attractive and very conducive and both the teachers and students are very excited in their new learning environment,” Poyasei said.

In appreciation of the leadership of Sir Julius Chan, Interim High School board chairman Peter Nealim said it was a great blessing for them, New Irelanders, to have such a visionary leader and governor. 

“Tanga and Feni Group of Islands have never experienced such developments in the Islands. With the K3 million for all the Islands Roads in the province, especially the K250,000 for Boeng Ring Road, people will be witnessing yet another milestone of the people’s government led by Governor Sir Julius Chan.”

The governor’s office also confirmed that in the last five years Tanir local level government had experienced an increase in development funding receiving more than K5 million. 

Some of the projects included the high school; the trans-island ring road; Tanga market; Fonli water supply; churches; sub-health centres and aid posts; and school and community projects.