Slow start for most schools

It’s the first day of the 2017 Academic Year for Government schools and most schools had a slow start today.

Schools in Central Province and the National Capital District did mainly registration and enrollment of students today before classes get into full swing during the week.

Loop PNG visited schools in the Central Province, including Porebada Primary School.

The school is located within Porebada Village in the Kairuku-Hiri District and has a population of over 700 students, excluding the elementary school.

Students were busy cleaning up the school ground and classrooms to get them ready for classes.

Teachers resumed last week and have completed all their resumption duty forms.

They also completed their timetables and programs for teaching and did their class allocations.

Deputy Head Teacher Kute Nokae said: “We are ready for this week. Today we registered students and the teachers are getting their classrooms organised and normal classes will commence on Tuesday.

“Project fees will not be charged because it’s a policy of the government and we have been instructed not to ask parents to pay fees.”

He said the Tuition Fee Free component has been paid for in the final quarter of 2016. This will be used to assist the school to begin the 2017 Academic Year.

Porebada has a population of over 10,000 people and this has seen an increase of students every year.

The school started in the 1950s and is now a level six standard with 24 teachers. It is a feeder school to Redscar high. 

Quintina Naime