Kiriwina Secondary School in Milne Bay Province, the only secondary school in the Trobriand Islands that caters for over 500 boarding and day students, is desperate for new classrooms, teacher’s houses and teachers.
The school was only upgraded to secondary school status this year and started teaching its first batch of grade 11 students.
“Next year, when the school’s current grade 11’s move to grade 12, they will be without classrooms and teachers as well. We are unable to recruit new teachers due to the shortage of staff housing,” said Abraham Kobwata.
Mr Kobwata said the school needs 9 teachers at the most to teach grade 12 classes next year, but unless staff housing is available, the school will still be without teachers for some time.
“We are in desperate need of more infrastructures not only for students but for teachers as well. Staff Houses and classrooms are what really need for the school. We have the land but we don’t have enough funds for any project right now.”
Mr Kobwata also said that parents are really slow to pay the component fees which makes it difficult for the school to fund any projects.
He further added that the school is doing their best to keep up with the safe hygiene measures and provides soap and running water for students while a local mothers group has been engaged to sew face masks from students. Hand sanitizers cannot be provided because the school is far off from Alotau town.
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