Lae School Fights: Everyone’s Problem

Sam Gani, a local village court magistrate in Lae, is one of the few voices  calling for a change in the way the provincial authorities are dealing with school fights in Lae schools.

He believes his concern represents a majority of parents in Lae, who wants the school fights to be seriously considered.


“This cult like groupings in Lae schools appears to be in charge of the school. The school administration has no power over them”, Mr. Gani said.


This problem has grown root in most of the secondary schools in Lae, and has ties to primary schools as well. While many people blamed the provincial education board for not addressing this problem, Gani says, it’s everyone’s problem. 


“We have planned serious measure for those involve in the school fights, if the students of a particular school involves in the violence, then the whole school should be punished”, Gani said.


School fights have now become synonymous to Lae schools, and apparently cost the chances of students being selected after their grade 12 national exams.

Last month, the Morobe Governor Kelly Naru lashed out against the Provincial Education advisor, for not performing to expectations.


“All stakeholders in the education sector in this province, you either shape up, or ship out”, the Morobe Governor said.


Lae school administrations and the provincial education board have issued warnings that those students causing violence will be terminated from school.


Also, the Lae police have issued strong warnings to students; that those caught fighting on the streets will be arrested and charged criminally. But all these efforts by those in authority haven’t curbed the problem in any big way.

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