26 Feb 2004

60 teachers remain stranded in Port Moresby and schools remain closed

9:17 am on 26 February 2004

60 teachers still remain stranded in the Papua New Guinea capital, Port Moresby, due to a lack of funds to fly them back into Central province.

As a result, 21 primary and community schools in the Goilala district remain closed five weeks after the academic year began while the 14 that opened, are understaffed.

The National newspaper says central province governor, Alphonse Moroi, is prepared to meet half the cost of flying in the teachers if the Goilala MP, Fabian Inne, meets the other half.

The teachers have presented a petition to education authorities seeking help to get them back to their schools.

They say if they don't get back to Goilala by Friday, the authorities should close the academic year for the district.