School needs help with teachers’ accommodation

Teachers at Kilakila Secondary School in Port Moresby are in dire need of housing, with limited teachers’ houses on campus.

School principal Herman Panai revealed that the teachers are struggling.

The school currently has 55 teachers but only 12 are accommodated on campus.

Kilakila is the only secondary school in the Moresby South electorate and has over 1600 students with nine classes each for Grade 9 and 10, and eight classes each for Grade 11 and 12.

Panai said: “There’s a competition between schools to have better teachers so with the housing shortage, I am unable to keep my good teachers.

“Most of the teachers reside in settlements and the nearby Motu-Koita villages.

“For quality education we need to assist teachers, I need to get the best teachers to be in my school.”

Parents there have gone ahead and built two new teachers’ houses with the little project fees collected over the years.

“We are not sitting back and waiting for Government funds, we are trying our best to complete the two teachers’ houses so we can have the best teachers in our school to deliver quality education.”

Panai called on the Moresby South electorate and the National Capital District to come on board and assist.

Quintina Naime