GUADALCANAL SCHOOL NOT READY FOR FORM SIX

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, Oct. 5) – The principal of Avuavu Secondary School on the Weather Coast of Guadalcanal, John Mark Porauh, has called on Solomon Islands authorities and stakeholders to reconsider plans to introduce form six at the school.

During the recent school's speech day, he expressed caution saying the introduction of form six arts in the school as early as 2006 is but a dream.

Mr Mark Porauh said Avuavu Secondary School is not ready both in resources and infrastructure to accommodate form six and he wants the Guadalcanal province and the central government to look into the issue.

He said Guadalcanal Province has not put much effort in maintaining and rebuilding existing buildings, nor does it intend to build new classrooms, library, office block and staff houses.

Mr Mark Porauh said the school began the 2004 academic year with 288 students, 14 teaching Staff and 4 ancillary staff. But he said by the end of August, the student numbers was reduced to 201 due to students not paying school fees, disciplinary actions, termination and voluntary withdrawals.

Avuavu Secondary School enrolled its first twenty form five students this year.

October 6, 2004

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp.: www.sibconline.com.sb

 

 

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