STUDENTS at Kondopina Primary School in Dei, Western Highlands, are looking forward to the opening of a K100,000 double classroom funded by MP Wesley Nukundi.
The funding came from the district’s school infrastructure development programme.
Headmaster Simon Kum said the new facility would cater for the increasing number of students who were taking advantage of the free education policy.
“In the past, the school could cater for a maximum of 400 students. But with the free education policy, student numbers shot up to 700, which is relatively very high,’’ he said.
“We have already turned a staff room into a classroom to provide students quality education.”
He said the ratio of teacher to students was 1:40. “This has shot up to 1:170 which is not conducive for learning.”
Teacher Joseph Koi said teachers faced difficulties when teaching more than 70 students in a class.
Koi said the Government was boasting about its free education policy without realising the hardship teachers faced on the ground.
“It is hard for teachers to move around and attend to students individually,’’ he said.
“I think students are deprived of quality education in such a crammed environment.”
He called on the Government to focus more on infrastructure in schools.
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