School sends out SOS as it braces for bigger roll next year


Sialum High School in the Tewai-Siassi district of Morobe needs more buildings to cater for an expected increase in the number of students next year, says principal Judy Keleino.
Wasu Secondary has closed after a fight between students and teachers last month and Keleino said that would result in more students going Sialum High.
Keleino said two classrooms and a dormitory at Sialum burnt down last year.
“We will be expecting an influx of students next year because students at Wasu Secondary will be repeating next year,” Keleino said.
“There will be no space for new intakes there.
“That means Sialum will be at their mercy, especially the graduates from grade 8.” Keleino hopes that the district administration and the local level government can help the school.
She said the school’s financial situation was “picking up”.
“We are very lucky that the parents were able to pay support fees and that helped the operation of the school,” she said.

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