By MATHEW YAKAI
My baby sister called me this morning at 5am when I was still sleeping asking me to send her 1, 300 Papua New Guinea Kina for her Grade 11 fee.
She cried on the phone.
I share the pain that she feels.
She wants a school because I am happy she knows that her future is secured through education.
Now, the school she will do her Grade 11 is in a trouble zone in Western Highlands province,
I am so concerned about her safety.
I also know that the school does not have proper library, or just a building with no books.
No computers and other necessary staff you would expect in a school.
My dad is poor.
Including my mum.
I went to a school in the remote Tambul.
Woke up at 5am, roasted kaukau over the fire, had with cold water, no proper shower, torn clothes on my body, and attended Grade 1 to 6 at
I was accepted to do Grade 7 at
When students from well to do family came with good clothes and shoes, I was with my same old dirty clothes, smelling of smoke from fire.
I tried so hard in school, have been to several countries, and am now in
Malum, what am I saying here?
Some of us are working very hard to be where we are, but where is the guarantee that we will get a better job?
And for those, like my poor sister whom I will pay her K1, 300 for a school fee, should be safe at the school with good facilities provided by the government.
Parents are paying huge sums of money for their children for better future, when yet, our politicians and well-to-do run down the country and consequently hate our education system and send their children overseas.
I went to school with some of these politician’s children in
They are stupid; they do not know how to ask a question in class.
But when you talk about party, they are good and I think they are well-trained for service industries like hotels and tourism industries to be good PR people.
But mind you, some or most do not have manners.
Are we really serious that we love PNG, Mr Chief Somare?