By Gideon Davika
Isina’ Primary School in the isolated Kongara Constituency lacks facilities such as classrooms and teachers’ houses.
The few classrooms and teachers houses at this primary school were built from bush materials by parents of students who attend the school.
These classrooms are already worn and when it rains heavily classes are sometimes cancelled as water leaks into the rooms through small openings in the roof.
Few teachers agree to go there, with many refusing to go because the poor classrooms, lack of proper teaching materials and run down teachers’ houses.
Each year there are more than one hundred students enrolled at the school and it is hard for the few teachers to handle such a large number. Some teachers must teach double classes because there is a shortage of staff.
These students cross fast flowing rivers, walk through thick forest and climb steep mountains from villages that are many kilometres away from where the school is located.
The current principal of Isina’ Primary, Mr Tonoi, said that there are many bright students who attend the school, but because of poor learning facilities more than half of the students failed at grade 8. Only a few students make it to grade nine and the rest stay back at home.
He also said that if this school is improved many talented students might come out from this school to excel in high school and tertiary institutions.