27 schools stay closed after killing of teacher

PORT MORESBY –  About 27 schools in Papua New Guinea’s Madang district are yet to resume classes after the beheading of a teacher in the area early this month.

Bau Primary School teacher Sam Gawi from Southern highlands was killed on April 2 inside his home in the school premises in Ward 20 of the Ambenob local level government. All teachers were instructed to vacate the area. More than 400 teachers teach in the schools which have more than 5000 students.

Madang provincial education director Moses Sariki said he was aware of the teacher’s fears and concerns and would be addressing that this week with authorities.

Sariki said the teachers’ were scared that the same thing could happen to them.

A teacher from Barum Primary School who wished to remain anonymous said teachers were fearing for their lives and their families.

Sariki said convincing teachers to return to classes would be difficult.    THE NATIONAL

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