Proper Schooling Infrastructure Needed

Good and proper infrastructure is vital in the learning process. This is from Saint Mary’s Asitavi High School head teacher, Elaine Tsiroats Baris.

As the school prepares for their secondary school status, she says stakeholders must work together to ensure that learning is capable.


Saint Mary’s Asitavi High School is a Catholic Agency School, located in Wakunai District, Central Bougainville and is one of the oldest education institutions in the autonomous region.


Starting as a girl’s high school established in 1957 by the Catholic Missionaries, it has produced some of Papua New Guinea’s top elites before and after the Bougainville Crisis.


The school is 57 years old, its’ infrastructure including classrooms, dormitories, ablution blocks and teacher’s houses that are slowly deteriorating, says head teacher Elaine Tsiroats Baris.


Nine double-story buildings cater for the 348 students. Situated on top are dormitories with classrooms located underneath.


Health wise, it is unhygienic, but students have no choice but to use it for classes.


Despite these problems, the school continues to maintain its performance.


It operates out of the government’s subsidy and sustainable projects like agriculture and the school canteen that generates money.


Mrs. Baris also pointed out the lack of support from its agency.


The head teacher appealed to stakeholders to work together for the common good.

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