NAWAEB Lutheran High School’s 10th anniversary was in March, but after a decade it is yet to be upgraded to a secondary school as required under the education system reform.
The main reason, according to principal Gobuta Kosieng, is its limited infrastructure but he described the school as “the biggest institution in Nawaeb district”.
The school has more than 500 students but dormitories are overcrowded and a classroom is being used as a temporary administration building while another incomplete double classroom is being used to cater for Grade 9s.
The incomplete classroom, Kosieng said, was a 2010 project initiated by the Nawaeb joint district planning and budget priority committee under the leadership of former MP Timothy Bonga, but after four years it was not completed.
“Our dormitories are overcrowded and some students are sleeping on the floor, others are forced to become day students and sleep in nearby communities,” he said.
“We need assistance badly. There are also not enough houses for all our teachers. Four of them are residing at Bumayong and with our bad Hobu road they do not attend classes when it rains as the trucks don’t travel and this again affects the students’ learning process.”
Kosieng said last year’s school fee subsidies were not enough as they did not cater for the all the students, resulting in the school incurring debts at the end of the year, which they were forced to cover by using some of this year’s subsidies.
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