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July 28, 2021
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Data Processing Equipment Stolen

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Student and teacher data processing equipment, worth over K10 000, belonging to the Nationwide School Survey Task Force, were destroyed and stolen at the Holy Rosary Primary School in Port Moresby today.

Parents and guardians rampaged through the school following news of students being allegedly ‘injected’ by the Task Force.

 

Opportunists took advantage of the situation, and beat up a teacher and destroyed and stole the vital data collection equipment.

 

After attacking teachers and members of the Task Force, the parents and guardians protested to the 6 mile police station. The school is located in the six mile area of the Moresby North East electorate.

 

Parents were misinformed about the Task Force’s presence in the school and the work they were carrying out. Students had told their parents that they were injected by the task force who were accompanied by members of the contractor SWI, who are of Asian origin.

 

The National School Survey Task Force was established in 2013 by the National Executive Council, and is chaired by Paru Aihi.

 

Given the inability of the National and Provincial Departments of Education, to furnish the Government, with accurate information on schools, teachers and students, this task force was established.

 

Also given the fact that the Department of Education recorded thousands of teacher and student ghost names every year, the task force was assigned to collect data through finger print scanning, and submit to the Department of Education, for assessment.

 

So far 43 districts out of 89 in the country have been covered. Out of the 109 schools in NCD, 97 have been covered and 13 yet to.

 

Holy Rosary, Coronation, Car Memorial and Ekivaki are amongst some that are yet to undergo this process.

This survey is separate to the school census, conducted annually by the education department, to review and formulate policies for better outcomes.

 

All open members of parliament are required under the NEC decision to take personal responsibility for the survey operation within their respective electorates, and security of the survey data.

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