Students, teachers sent home from PNG school over health worries

9:14 am on 26 February 2020

More than 3000 students and 50 teachers have been sent home from one of the biggest schools in Papua New Guinea's capital of Port Moresby over health concerns.

Empty desks in school classroom

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Ward Strip Primary was closed indefinitely by health officials just four weeks into the new academic year, the Post Courier reports.

An inspection was carried out last week after a number of complaints were lodged by concerned parents.

The investigations found the toilets were out of order, resulting in students defecating on the floor.

There was also an absence of hand-washing facilities.

Other issues included broken fixtures, no doors on toilet cubicles and a sewage backflow.