Goilala MP Daniel K Mona continues to roll out his education master piece to see all Gualala’s educated to a level where they can contribute effectively and constructively into the development of Goilala District, Central Province and Papua New Guinea as equal participants without having to live through the negative stigma that Goilala’s in the past have lived to weather.
During this visit to Tapini station recently Daniel K Mona made an announcement that Tapini Sacred Heart High School, the only District High School will be promoted to Secondary High School status.
This is Good News and Bad News at the same time.
Good news is, with the number of primary schools we have in Goilala, it only makes logical sense to have a secondary school which will be able to cater for the increasing number of students. Tapini Sacred Heart High school, formerly Tapini High School has graduated some students who are now contributing in their various roles across Papua New Guinea and over seas contributing to this progress of this nation of ours.
Daniel K Mona is also one of the former students of Tapini High School. And is now the current MP for Goilala.
So Tapini Sacred Heart High School has been tested by time over its life span and so the call by MP Mona to upgrade it up to Secondary High School is no fluke. This Secondary School will not just be another statistic producer. It will effectively and actively be a participator in the development of this Nation.
Kudos to our honorable MP Daniel K Mona for this development.
On the flipside, Goilala District has 40 Primary Schools. Of these, 18 are suspended due to vandalism, shortage of teaching staff or a lack of teaching material.
The breakup in the district is as follows:
- 7 in Guari LLG, 5 are suspended.
- 11 in Tapini LLG, 4 are suspended.
- 21 in Woitape LLG, 9 are suspended. 2 schools are non-existent physically but are recognized on paper.
For our Secondary School to have an impact, the feeder schools, which is obviously the Primary schools across Goilala has got to be vibrant, fully stocked with teachers, student enrollment has got to be tipping the scales every year.
For this to happen, these schools have to have good classrooms, very good teachers houses, school materials/supplies fully stocked.
On top of that, basic services which will empower the teachers to make their lives easy have got to be reachable.
For example solar power installation in teachers houses, water supplies piped through to the schools, telephone services such as Digicel and Telikom’s B Mobile signals should be available, effective health care should be within reach also, banking services should be available so teachers can use as and when needed.
Goilalas’ has to be empowered to make money in their villages so they can pay for their children’s schools fees, buy clothes for their children, and even pay for basic goods such as soup and sugar, with salt and rice and tinned fish to supplement their local vegetables.
Without getting the primary schools systems checked, ticked off and upgraded and updated and fully kitted with teachers, students and other necessities, having a secondary school can be a good thing but keeping it running, with year intakes of students from the Goilala primary schools will lead to lower numbers and can cause inconsistencies.
Tapini Sacred Heart Secondary High School might end up fetching students from Kairuku Hiri Electrorate to pump up its grade 7 intakes every year. Because Goilala primary schools just cannot produce the numbers.
And even if the numbers produced by Goilala primary schools are adequate enough, the quality of the students coming into Grade 7 from these Goilala Primary Schools might not be up to speed to survive in a secondary level of education.
Remember, Secondary High school is a level where students are prepared to enter University level of Education.
Let’s not make Tapini Sacred Heart Secondary High School another pot hole where first semester failures in a University are produced.
The idea of Promoting Tapini Sacred Heart High School to Tapini Sacred Heart Secondary School is superb. But the foundation to keep this secondary school competitive has not been fully exhausted.