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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Malaita secondary schools benefit from European Union funded books

By Brian Wanga/GCD Auki

Secondary schools in Malaita province this week received books funded under the European Union (EU) Stabex 99 fund.

Officials from both the EU and the Ministry of Education have attended an official handover ceremony of the books in Auki on Tuesday in the presence of provincial education authorities and students.

Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Barnabas Anga said the government believed in investing in its children’s future and in the adequate reform of the education system.

He said that the availability of teaching materials was important for conducive learning for teachers and students witnessed by the substantial investment in textbooks.

He said the government was serious about education in the Solomon Islands and this was demonstrated earlier through the teachers improved conditions in the newly implemented unified pay structure.

“The government is of intent to move on from reform to the developmental stages whereby more teachers would undertake training, the revision of the education curriculum and improved sanitation and additional infrastructure for all schools,” he said.

He said to achieve these goals the Central Government alone cannot do it but needs its international development partners like the European Union where through Stabex 99 has risen to this need and our request through the procurement of textbooks worth over SBD$40 million for all Secondary Schools in Solomon Islands.

Mr Anga also appealed to communities to provide support to their schools because better schools are schools supported by their local communities.

Deputy Premier of Malaita Province Mr Edwin Miniti Suibaea thanked the Grand Coalition for Change government and the EU for having great concern for the quality of education of the children of Malaita Province,

“Quality education cannot take place without appropriately designed curriculum books.

“We know that the books will help a lot in the teaching and learning in secondary schools in this province because many of the secondary schools have been operating without adequate books.

“The provision of these books to our schools is one that is timely and is targeted at meeting a genuine need in our schools” Mr Suibaea said.

He urged schools to take care of the books because they cost a lot of money.

Source: GCU

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