THE head teacher of one of the biggest schools in Port Moresby has highlighted the problems of overcrowding and change in curriculum as classes began yesterday.
Coronation Primary head teacher Julie Ulitaia said the school had a roll of 1985. The number this year is yet to be confirmed.
“By the end of the month, we should know the full number of students that we should have, and then look at the space we have,” she said.
“We’ll only assist those parents with very genuine reasons – why they want their children to be here.
“We’ll only assist parents who are on the job transfers (from other provinces).” Ulitaia said Coronation was one of the largest schools in Port Moresby after Wards Strip.
“I have 41 staff, and 30 classes, and classes are very crowded,” she said. “The classes are more than 45 (students). They are in the 60s and 70s.”
Ulitaia said one of her major tasks was to change from Outcomes-Based Education curriculum to the Standards-Based curriculum.
“We’ll just do what we are expected to do (in 2015),” she said.
“The materials we have, however, have not changed to standard-based education.
“The teachers have to work extra hard to put things in order to present lessons to the students.
“We’re telling the parents that we need students to come to school so we can start doing something with them.”
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