This directly affects a child’s education when teachers are faced with this issue.
Joseph Kolowa, deputy principal of Lealea Primary School, in the nation’s capital, highlighted this as one immediate need of the school serving children in the surrounding villages.
He says at the moment, there are 14 teachers but only 12 houses. And these available houses are in very poor condition.
“We are very desperate because families are in danger. Some teachers have taken it on board to do maintenance themselves.
“We are still looking for means and ways to accommodate all teachers on campus,” he said.
“Currently, only half of the teachers are residing on campus and others are still living in old school grounds in the village. Local teachers are residing in their own houses, which is not good,” he said.
Kolowa said with the increase in student population, the aim now is to turn the institution into a three-streamed school. But housing will always be a problem.
He also said the school needed textbooks for teachers and student activity books.