KIRIBATI NEEDS MORE PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS

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TARAWA, Kiribati (June 22, 1998 - Te Uekera/Ioane)---The Minister of Education, Teiraoi Tetabea, says Kiribati needs more qualified teachers to keep up with the increasing number of students entering primary schools.

Speaking during the recently concluded session of Parliament, Tetabea said the number of qualified teachers who graduate from the Kiribati Teachers College each year still is insufficient to meet the growing number of students who annually enter primary schools, the Kiribati weekly, Te Uekera, reports.

To offset the growing problem, he said the government has decided to recall some retired, but qualified primary teachers to work on a contract basis.

Tetabea said Kiribati Teachers College also will increase the number of graduates by expanding student enrollments.

The government operates all primary schools in Kiribati, except for some pre-schools.

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