Over the last three years, the Bugandi Secondary School in Lae has been greatly affected with student violence within the school.
Since the death of a student in 2011, the school’s academic performance has significantly dropped.
School authorities say, while provincial authorities continue to neglect Bugandi, the future of its 300 grade 12 students will continue to be in danger.
Bugandi Secondary School has been in the limelight of school violence in Morobe province over the last eight months.
Classes have been suspended at various times as teachers tried to deal with the issue.
Despite this challenge and many others associated with cult-like activities, the school has struggled over time for one purpose.
And that is to see students graduating at the end of every year.
While much of the blame has been levelled against the school’s administration, the provincial authorities have fallen short in helping to solve Bugandi’s ongoing problems.
A school with more than 1,700 students, it needs a total cooperation from the provincial government in putting more money towards rebuilding the school.
The impacts of school violence has not only traumatised students, but has also affected student selection to tertiary institutions around the country.
While this has been an ongoing funding problem, grade 12 students sat for their examinations this week.
They’ve adopted an optimistic attitude of moving forward in education despite the negativity.
The Morobe Division of Education, the provincial government and other responsible authorities have miserably failed in addressing Bugandi’s problem.
Bugandi can no longer continue with its backlog of problems, as it may have a severe impact on student’s learning.
Its school fight issues have to be addressed in due course, if the government wants to see more students graduating to tertiary institutions.
Papua New Guinea education news services
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