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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

SI Education Ministry approves form 6 for Malu'u Community High School

The Ministry of Education has approved the introduction of Form Six at Arnon Atomea Community High School at Malu'u in North Malaita.

Senior Education Officer for the North Malaita region, Lency Waneatona, revealed this recently during the close of the school academic year on November 29.

Mr Waneatona says the Ministry of Education has given the green light for the school to have Form Six next year. But he says this will depend on the School Board and parents meeting certain requirements.

Mr Waneatona also says the school need to build dormitories and hostels to accommodate boarding students. He says this because Form Six students would be accommodated at the school.

Mr Waneatona says day students cannot be compared with students of boarding secondary school such as King George the Sixth School.

"Our students miss 200 hours of study each year, 200 solid hours. King George the Sixth and others study one hour in the evening. We at Malu'u don't have that."

Meanwhile, the upgradation of Malu'u community high school to form 6 by 2007 is a positive move in light of TARD's recommendation at the recent North Malaita Constituency Leaders Consultative Workshop for Malu'u to be upgraded to become a form 7 accredited national secondary school by 2010. As a result, TARD has encouraged its teaching fresh university and SICHE graduates to go home and serve at the Malu'u Community High School and spearhead this goal.

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