The member made a whirlwind tour of four institutions in Port Moresby that have students from the members electorate enrolled to make presentations of funds for tuition fees last week. [16-27 June 2014]
All funds were from the district’s District Services Improvement Program and disbursed through the Louise Mona Foundation, which is focused on serving the educational needs of the Goilala people.
The MP has no doubt realized the need to invest into Human Resources of Goilala and he is doing it with flying colors.
However if one looks closely at the schools MP Mona is sponsoring students school fees in, most of these schools are Port Moresby schools.
Port Moresby schools which has Goilala students who parents have dwelled in Port Moresby for some years. Add onto this fact, none of these Goilala parents did not vote for Daniel K Mona during the elections.
So really the people who voted for Daniel K Mona are back in the District with their children struggling to pay for their school fees, we have a bunch of students whose parents are reaping off the sweat of those back in the village.
There is nothing wrong with Goilala MP paying school fees for Goilala students, after all. Because when these students complete their studies, they will eventually return home (?) to contribute to the development of the district.
However lets be fair here.
The schools which MP Mona is paying the schools fees for Goilala students are in Port Moresby. The capital city of Papua New Guinea which has its own political representatives. Been situated in the nation’s capital, one can already conclude that these schools that these students attend are well off in terms of infrastructure, standards, teachers, teachers welfare and so on so fort.
Are the schools in Goilala up to those standards? Are the students educated using up to date facilities? Are the teachers welfare well taken cares off? The infrastructure of the schools up in Goilala, are they up to speed with those in Port Moresby?
Are the elected representatives of these Port Moresby electorates incompetent and not performing their duties and taking care of the people within their constitiuencies hence Daniel K Mona sees it necessary to help out and rescue his own kind?
While MP Mona is rolling out K173,000.00 in school fees across Port Moresby and respectfully Tertiary institutions across Papua New Guinea for Goilala students, back in Goilala, District, 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, with only 2 opened. Tapini LLG has 4 suspended with 7 schools open. Woitape Local Level Government has 9 suspended, 10 open and 2 nonexistent schools. These nonexistent schools only exist and operate on paper.
The schools that are open and operating are short staffed at most times. Classes are adhoc and in some schools teachers are assigned more than two classes to teach. Classrooms are built using bush materials. And teaching materials are at most time out of stock.
If that if is not enough suffering already, teacher have to walk for miles to reach their schools. And walk miles again to get to the nearest airstrip to fly out to Port Moresby to refurnish their school supplies. And with the unroutine, inconsistent service flights that is provided by single engine aircrafts which operates in Goilala, staff travel to and from Port Moresby is never a gurranteed, and confirmed booking. Its more dependent on availability of an aircraft.
And with all these undesired turn of events and situations faced by staff, the ones which are mostly affected are the students.
They miss classes as the result of their teachers not been in class.
All in all, while our good MP is spending most of his time down here in Port Moresby, the following is the case in his home District of Goilala.
Talk about been confused with their area of responsibility, knowing which is your jurisdiction and which is not. This confusion is fully defined by Honorable Member for Goilala, Mr Daniel K Mona.