by Benny Geteng – EM TV, Port Moresby
A remote primary school in the Chimbu province is calling on authorities to step in and help them fix their rundown school facilities.
Over 400 students from Gembogl Primary School are using facilities that have been left to deteriorate over many years.
Martin Kawage, a concerned local, told EMTV news that authorities need to assist the school, so their students can get quality basic education.
The school, built in the 1960’s, have age-old facilities that are in dire need of repair, maintenance and restoration. They school needs adequate funding to restore the state of their classrooms, desks, library, a science lab, and teachers’ housing.
Mr Kawage said that he is in Port Moresby to submit project proposals to leaders and to create awareness of the school, which currently serves more than 400 school children from elementary to grade 8.
Mr Kawage said that the school is also looking at securing materials and better resources to help students who have special needs, and provide quality inclusive education as well.
The District of Gembogl has a population of over 20, 000 plus people, and the number of children who access to quality basic education, has increased, putting a strain on the education sector in the district as well.