The National, Wednesday June 26th, 2013
By PETER ESOP WARI
TARI Secondary School in the Komo-Margarima district, of Hela, is beginning to see massive changes academically and plans are under way for the improvement of infrastructure, a teacher says.
Finance Minister and Tari-Pori MP James Marape donated K400,000 to the school early this year and the school board was looking at projects, teacher Daniel Meria said.
Meria said teachers were having problems with housing and insufficient drinking water was a problem.
He said the money would be used on two new staff houses, buy water tanks, buy laptops for teachers to use as incentives and connect power supply from PNG Power to the school.
He said although some of the teachers had not been paid for more than five fortnights, they were waiting patiently and were continuing to work.
To boost the morale of the Grade 12 students and to be well prepared to make better choices when filling their school leaver forms, Hela students of Divine Word University visited the school last month and empowered them with encouraging words.
They explained to the students the GPA requirements, courses outlines, and the importance of human resource to drive a province forward.
Deputy principal administration David Dei said many students were taking part in co-curricular activities such quiz bees, debates, speaking, writing and art competitions with the aim to broad their skills in public speaking.
He said unlike previous years, absenteeism last year had been very high and it was a great concern as many students performed poorly academically.
He said this year different approaches were being implemented to cut absenteeism.