Esa’ala district is the first and only district in Milne Bay province to set up an education policy, which was approved by Miline Bay Provincial Education Board.
This was announced by member for Esa’ala and Minister for Civil Aviation, Davis Steven, in a conference at fourteen mile, outside Port Moresby yesterday.
The district has 3 LLGs and 88 wards with an estimated population of over 50 000 people.
According to member Steven, in 2012, the district had the highest crime rate, its district station was condemned and most of its remote schools had no teachers.
Since the roll out of the scholarship program, 1200 students have been given the second chance to further their studies.
They were able to upgrade their marks at the College of Distance Education in Milne Bay and are currently studying at some of the teaching and nursing colleges in the nation.
Darren Edwin is from the Duau LLG and is a student at the Sacred Heart Teachers college in Bomana.
In response, Steven said the district has been criticized for not subsiding school fees for its students in the tertiary institution but he promised to assist the students.
The district administration is aiming that by 2016, all schools in Esa’ala will not have teaching vacancies.