Education

5 schools close due to drop in school roll

Five schools have closed due to drop in student numbers and their students transferred to nearby  schools. Permanent Secretary for Education Mr. Iowane Tiko told local media these schools have closed due to two main reasons: Some students were children of farmers who had to vacate the land, leaving behind the schools which their forefathers and Government […]

Peni Shute

January 27, 2016 9:12 am

Five schools have closed due to drop in student numbers and their students transferred to nearby  schools.

Permanent Secretary for Education Mr. Iowane Tiko told local media these schools have closed due to two main reasons:

  • Some students were children of farmers who had to vacate the land, leaving behind the schools which their forefathers and Government had helped establish for them.
  • There were not enough children to make up a school was because couples were either not reproducing or their children had been sent to urban schools.

Mr. Tiko said another reason for the drop in school roll was that parents opted to send their children to well-resourced schools.

That is why the ministry is seriously looking at improving infrastructure in the rural and maritime schools to avoid this internal migration of students.

The schools that were closed will be converted to technical colleges for those who wish to continue their education.

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