Morobe’s Education Program Advisor, Keith Jiram, has confirmed that the Provincial Education Board (PEB) has made a decision to phase out the boarding status of Bugandi Secondary School.
This decision is part of the board’s new strategy to minimise ongoing school fighting.
Jiram explains that students from the school have been abusing their boarding privileges.
The PEB has passed a decision to have the boarding status of Bugandi Secondary School removed by 2017.
Jiram believes this new plan will be an opportunity to restore discipline and the school’s good image.
From 2017 through to 2019, Bugandi will begin operating as a day school. The same strategy will also be applied to other schools who are also facing the same problem.
The PEB will look at the seriousness of the issue before a similar tactic can be applied.
This new plan however will affect students coming from outside of Lae to continue their studies at Bugandi.
Most students selected to do Grade 11 come from districts like Kabwun, where a secondary school is yet to be established. The Provincial Education Board is aiming to establish a secondary school in each of the nine districts of Morobe province.