Remote school calls for assistance

National, Normal

The National – Friday, December 24, 2010

MOST remote schools in the country are in need of the government’s support so that theyh can provide quality education.
Tawa Primary School is one of the remote schools in Morobe, located in the isolated Aseki area in Menyamya district.
The school started building a four-classroom block but could not complete it because it did not have enough money.
It is now seeking support from NGOs and the government.
Head teacher Peter Hiyatai said the school was serving almost 6,000 people in the area but it had been left out of economic development for almost a decade.
He said the school needed more classrooms and houses for teachers to cater for the increasing enrolments.
He said, each year, the school enroled 300 students to do Grade 3 and the number would increase in the future due to the UBE system.
Hiyatai said the school only had seven staff this year and would get four more staff and it needed more houses to cater for the extra teachers.
He said, currently, the school had one permanent classroom for Grades 7 and 8 while Grades 3 to 6 were sheltered under semi-permanent or bush material classrooms.
The school also had one permanent staff house and six bush material houses.
He said the aim of the school was to have a library, a staff room and two classrooms all together in the four-room classroom and staff houses for the teachers.
The school is making a public appeal to NGOs and government bodies and anyone wishing to support the school to make donations through the schools account number 1001705923 BSP Lae.