Maryboio Nigani – EMTV News Cadet Journalist Lae
Tanam Adventist Primary school outside of Lae recently graduated its pioneer batch of grade eight students. The head teacher Rickson Kamban said the forty-four graduates were part of a student population of three hundred and eighty six primary school students.
Tanam Adventist Primary school in Wampar, Morobe started as an elementary school in 2010, with only one hundred and fifty students enrolled. Over the years the school expanded with great help from parents support fees.
“We have over seven hundred students now, three hundred and eighty six are primary students, from which forty four grade eights graduated…the rest is from the elementary school”. said Mr Kamban.”
At the moment the school has ten staff members. Mr Kamban said as the school expands with more students, there will be a need for more teachers.
“Currently we have a student living at Lae, Eriku, another at the 5 mile area… one at the Erap area. They travel all the way to come here… Number of students are increasing. We need teachers.”
Meanwhile, Mr Kamban said the school needs funding to build classrooms to cater for the students.
“The school doesn’t get funding support from donner organizations…we need support to build classrooms.” Said Mr Kamban.
He said the school has been running on Tuition Fee Free (TFF) funds and parents support fees since 2015. Mr Kamban appealed to donor organizations to support the school.