Papua Nueva Guinea: City schools told to expand to cater for increasing population
Papua Nueva Guinea/abril de 2016/Papua Nueva Guinea Education News
Resumen: Las escuelas en el Distrito Capital Nacional de Papua Nueva Guinea, deben ampliar para atender a la creciente población de la ciudad. El secretario adjunto de la junta de educación del distrito Walipe Wingi dio declaraciones afirmando que la relación apropiada de maestro a los estudiantes es un maestro para 35 alumnos. En este momento esta muy por encima, por lo que vamos a tratar de reducir la proporción de estudiantes por maestro a un tamaño manejable. Se reveló que existen 42 escuelas primarias con 45.000 niños, 39 primarias escuelas con 44.000 alumnos, cinco escuelas de formación profesional con 3000 estudiantes, 10 escuelas secundarias con 2.000 estudiantes, ocho escuelas permitidos y cuatro escuelas del Organismo Internacional de la Educación.
SCHOOLS in the National Capital District should expand to cater for the growing city population, deputy secretary of the district education board Walipe Wingi says.
“The appropriate ratio of teacher to students is one teacher to 35 students. At the moment it’s way over. Let’s try reduce the student to teacher ratio down to a manageable size,” Wingi said.
He said the education division in NCD could look at other possibilities of making that happen, like introducing shift classes where necessary.
“We have to rise above the challenges and make sure things work out. If we know the administration and management are not running the system we should inform the head teachers,” he said.
“Education is an interesting and challenging field. If we are in that field, we should be the people who know it all, we are the trainers and educators of others.
“The good news that happens in the schools reflects us here. We need to be a notch above everybody.
“If a school has a problem it means there is a problem in the education board that we have to look at it ourselves.”
Wingi told the new members of the district education board to make right decisions in the education division for the good of others.
“When we start making decisions based on other things and not on right things then we become cloudy and ask ourselves what is in there for me when we should ask what we can do for our country.”
NCD education services acting assistant secretary and new chairman of the education division Sam Lora said there were a lot of challenges NCD was facing with the number of schools against the city’s population.
He revealed that NCD had 42 elementary schools with 45,000 children, 39 primary schools with 44,000 students, five vocational schools with 3000 students, 10 secondary school with 2000 students, eight permitted schools and four International Education Agency schools.
He said secondary and vocational schools alone had not expanded much.
“There are a lot of challenges for us to provide basic education services to the community of Port Moresby and the National Capital District,” Lora said.
He said other challenges were the city’s fast growth with other developments and migration that contributed to the high number of out-of-school children in NCD.
“There are changes to policy matters and new developments happening in the education department, most of which will be trailed in NCD.
“We will be at the forefront of it,” he said.