By ELIZABETH VUVU
ONE of Papua New Guinea’s pioneer institutions, Kerevat National High School in East New Britain will not be enroling Grade 11 students in next year.
This would consequently add strain to other secondary schools in the province that would have to absorb additional students.
President of the parents and committee association John Wargul said the school’s governing council recently made this decision and submitted it to the National Education board.
He said the decision was made after the renovation and maintenance of five dormitories costing K7 million given by the National Government to contractor SWT had taken the whole of this year to complete.
Mr Wargul said the governing council saw the delay in the maintenance of the dormitories prompting them to make this stand.
Contractor SWT in a recent meeting told the governing council that the delay was a result of materials being ordered from China and Australia.
Mr Wargul said Kerevat usually took in 80% of Grade 11 students from within the province and 20% from secondary schools from other provinces.
However, this would not be the case next year, and Mr Wargul had put the blame on contractor SWT saying they took the whole year to repair five dormitories.
He said it was not known whether the school would be shut down altogether by 2011, stressing that it was something for the National Education board to decide on later.
He is now calling on authorities to put their acts together and do something about the situation.
Attempts to get comments from contractor SWT were unsuccessful.