Parents and guardians of students attending Yangoru Secondary School in the East Sepik Province are seeking intervention from the National Executive Council to replace the school board.
Parents closed the school gates on Monday, and advised their children to stay away from school, until the matter is solved.
They held a forum with their leaders over the weekend, and expressed concerns about the overall performance of students and staff.
They were particularly concerned and wanted answers as to why less than 3 students secured places in universities each year, since 2002.
Over a hundred parents and guardians turned up for the forum at the Yangoru council chambers.
They expressed concerns about their children’s future, and questioned their leaders and concerned authorities on the measures they were taking to address the poor academic performance and infrastructure of the school.
They called for the replacement of the school board, and principal.
The principal has held that position for about 15 years, and they demanded that he be replaced immediately.
The school has seen better days.
Leaders admitted to reports dating from 2002 to 2013, that there has been a drastic decline in the academic performance.
Since 2002, less than 3 students secure places in tertiary institutions.
This has been a drop from 75% to 40%.
The forum committee has written to the Provincial Education Board and district administration to intervene.
They have also written a special case letter to the national executive council to intervene immediately, so that their children can resume classes as soon as possible.
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