Source: The National, Monday 14th January, 2013
By WANPIS AKO
TWENTY-three elementary schools in Goilala, Central, will not receive free-education subsidies from the government this year because most teachers from the schools have fake teaching certificates.
“The schools were suspended since 2011 after we had carried out an annual audit,” education adviser Philip Alu said last Friday.
Alu attributed the suspension to fraudulent qualifications of teachers, low student enrolment, poor attendance by teachers and land disputes in the schools.
He said more than 200 students were affected and some had been forced to enrol at primary schools.
“The education board cannot lift the suspension until a census form from each school is submitted before the school year begins on Feb 4,” he said.
“Most schools in the district are very remote.
“And many teachers find it hard to cope living there due to the lack of basic services.”
Alu said such schools included the elementary schools Omu, Watape, Ghivena, Erume, Gupou and Tanipai.
Wesley Yalamu, a community leader from the area, has urged education authorities in the province to lift the suspension.
“If the authorities turn a blind eye to my call, they will deny the students’ right to education,” he said.
He called on parents in the area to provide teachers with food and shelter to keep them committed to their duties.
He said local parliamentarians should provide allowances for the teachers.
Yalamu said more than 200 Grades 6 and 8 students from Givena Primary School in the Guari local level government area withdrew from their studies last year because teachers were absent from classes.