We have 40 primary schools in the district – 7 in Guri Local Level Government, 11 in Tapini Local Level Government, and 21 in Woitape Local Level Government.
Of all these 5 are suspended in Guari, having only 2 opened. Tapini has 4 suspended which 7 schools are open. Woitape Local Level Government has 9 suspended, 10 open and 2 nonexistent schools. These schools only exist and operate on paper.
The schools which are open are barely fully kitted and suffers are malnutrition life style where there is hardly a teacher in school for a full term for starters.
School materials are either stuck down in Port Moresby or at the airport awaiting to be air lift into a nearby airstrip which is kilometers away from the school.
There is also an issue where ghost board of governors for these schools exist and have systematically collaborated with people in the system to successfully open bank accounts for these schools with reputable banks. And once the school subsidies are released, these ghost Board Of Governors front up and pick up these cheques and have them deposited into these bank accounts and have it cleared for abuse and misuse.
The corrupt networks and their tentacles’ are truly eating away at the future of our kids who will become a lost generation in the next 10 years.
Whose fault is it that such exists? Is it the people? Is it the teachers? It is the education systems? Is it the National Education Department? It is the Government? Or is it the Children’s fault?
Children have the right to basic education. And by depriving them of this basic right, the government of Papua New Guinea is guilty of a crime against Humanity.
We deserve something better.