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NEW HANOVER, Papua New Guinea (September 17, 1999 – Post-Courier)---Students at the Noipuas Top-Up School on New Hanover Island, New Ireland Province, have been sent home because of a lack of food.

Kavieng MP Ian Ling-Stuckey, who has just returned from the area, said the school had been forced to close due to lack of funds to buy food.

Mr. Ling-Stuckey said all students had been sent home and he was not sure whether they would be able to return to complete the school year.

Following an electoral tour which took him around the island, Mr. Ling-Stuckey called for increased funding to schools, saying all elementary, primary and high schools were affected by the problem.

He would also seek an explanation from the New Ireland Provincial Government.

Mr. Ling-Stuckey said his tour of the Kavieng electorate highlighted the need for New Ireland to have a well-coordinated economic and social development plan which all leaders from the villages up to the national level could implement together.

Speaking about Kavieng district, Mr. Ling-Stuckey said it desperately needed a coherent development plan to show which economic sectors and social services the leaders could focus attention on when deciding how to spend the limited public funds.

Throughout his tour, the former Skate government minister said people in villages he visited raised many questions regarding agriculture, fisheries, education, land and sea transport and their wish to improve their standard of living.

For additional reports from The Post-Courier, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/The Post-Courier (Papua New Guinea).

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