Classes at the government assisted school in Port Vila have been put on hold since August 3, 2020 as the school tries to resolve its financial crisis.
“Unless the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) meets the financial demands of Ecole Saint Jeanne D’Arc, over 800 primary school student will not resume classes, “said Principal Merani Johanin.
There are only two weeks left before the next school break, but the school cannot continue to pretend that it is not suffering financially due to the current COVID-19 situation when in fact it is true, the principal stressed.
Like other schools throughout the country, Ecole Saint Jeanne D’Arc needs the annual grant from the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) to keep operating. Runned under the Catholic Education Authority (La DEC), Ecole St Jeanne D’Arc also enrolls early childhood learners. Another school, Ulei Junior Secondary School in north Efate has issued a notice on July 31 to parents not to send children back to school yet as the school is facing shortage of funds and cannot meet its expenses.