Over 200 Students Yet To Receive Grade 8 Certificates


by Colleen Barilae – EM TV News, Lae

Teachers at Huonville Primary have revealed that over 200 students are yet to receive their Grade Eight certificates.

Head Teacher, Barn Kawage, has confirmed that the provincial education office has not delivered certificates following student graduation last December.

Grade Eight students from the school have been waiting for a response from their school administration as to when they will be awarded certificates.

The cause of the delay, known by the school administration, is an incorrect signature placed on all certificates. Teachers have since been advising students to check with the school every week.

Kawage admits there have been several cases where students’ parents came queuing up in front of his office demanding their children’s certificates.

He says many were sent back and advised instead to take their queries to Morobe’s Education Office.

More than 60 students proceeded to High School with reference letters from the head teacher’s office stating the current issue faced at the school.

Huonville Primary School is one of 300 primary schools in Morobe that are still awaiting Grade Eight certificates from 2015.

More than half this number are scattered all over Morobe’s nine districts where access to information is also scarce.

The Morobe Education Office says that four boxes containing certificates have been packed however delivery to schools has not started as yet.

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