By Eric Haurupma (UPNG Journalism Student) – EM TV, Port Moresby
The start of the academic year is fast approaching and teachers of the Sacred Heart Primary School, in the nation’s capital, have signed their summary resumption forms to recommence their 2015 official duties.
Head Master of Secret Heart Primary School, Pokatou Litau said his teachers will prepare themselves this week before the school resumes on 2 February.
Mr Litau said like other primary schools in the country it is expecting more student enrollments this year, due to the free tuition fee education.
“Teachers have signed their summary resumption duty form today as a formal document to officially resume their duties”, said Mr Litau.
Secret Heart Primary School will have an intake of about 2500 students, 1500 will be attending primary level from grade three to eight, while the rest of its 500 students will be attending elementary school.
The level-seven school has 40 staff who will be teaching this year. Last year the school performed academically well with 100 students selected to continue onto grade nine, in various secondary schools in Port Moresby.
The school was recently completed the construction of a new classroom and purchased two vehicles through funds received from the Office of the Prime Minister. During the school’s 50th anniversary in September 2014, PM O’Neill had made a commitment to facilitate the funding of monies to the institution.
The fulfilment of the PM’s pledge is major boost for this school in terms of students learning and success.
The school administration has plans for more infrastructure developments to cater for the increase in students.