A Survey Team saysthe government cannot allocate appropriate funding to schools due to absence of specific data on each school.
That’sthe initial finding ofthe School Survey Task Force Team headed bythe former Member for Kairuku Hiri, Paru Aihi. His team has began work to collectthe required information.
The Forum was well – attended by Education representatives from Central Province and NCD. The survey will involvethe different Open Members of parliamenttherefore, representatives of MP’sfrom Kairuku Hiri, Moresby – North EastoSouth and North West were also present.
About K100, 000 has been allocated to each ofthe Open Members for their officers to go out totheir electorates and conductthe school surveys. The survey in a way is a census that will identifythe number of classrooms, student population and teachers. It will also determine whther school administrations are utilising grants accordingly.
Chairman Aihi toldthe officers that thoughthe task may be challenging, it is one that must be done inorder for the government to allocate funds tothe education sector appropriately.
Currently,there are about 14, 000 schools, 46, 000 teachers and about 1.3 million students’ Mr Aihi’saysthese figures are only estimates and hopesthe survey will endthe on-going guess work.
The nationwide school survey is expected to start soon.
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