The absence of a proper dining facility for boarding students attending Pamaya High School in the Nuku District of West Sepik Province is the primary concern raised by the school’s Deputy Principal, Mr Allan Roy.
Mr Roy is calling for urgent assistance from the West Sepik Provincial Government and other stakeholders.
He said many times students resort to having their meals out in the open or under trees at most times due to the school not having a proper dining hall for its boarding students.
“There is a simple kitchen, however no proper dining hall for the students to use so they just stand under shady trees.”
“At instances, students have to serve on the ground and stand around to eat.”
Even in heavy downpour, students are still expected to shelter themselves from the rain under trees to have their meals.
This is has been disheartening to Roy and has led to him question the priorities given for schools to meet the standards set out by the education department.
“With such approaches, students will be vulnerable to avoidable diseases which will in turn have an affect on their academic performance.”
Other concerns raised by the school’s deputy principal includes the schools need for a proper water system and additional classrooms to cater for the demanding student population.
The school also lacks a science lab and library to enhance students learning.