Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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The Professional IT School in Manufahi is yet to have access to electricity, which continues to impede the quality of education students receive.

MP Angelica da Costa said the school has not had any electricity since it was established after Timor-Leste gained its independence in 2002.

National MP Angelica da Costa said the school has not had any electricity since it was established after Timor-Leste gained its independence in 2002.

“We all know that students at this school need practical experience, but so far the students must look for a place that has access to electricity so that they can do their practical activities,” she told a parliamentary plenary session.

She also expressed doubt about the quality of teaching because students were only taught theory and did not have the opportunity to participate in practical activities due to the conditions at the school in terms of equipment.

She said it was serious issue and the government should take action to respond to the difficulties faced by the school in order to ensure education standards so that students were properly prepared for the job market.

Meanwhile, National Secretary of the Timor-Leste Coalition for Education (TLCE) Jose de Jesus said many schools across the country had limited space and lacked basic infrastructure, including electricity.

He also expressed concern over the government’s policy to develop vocational schools across the country as most lacked proper conditions and facilities.

The government has now opened more technical schools in 13 municipalities.

“Because of the school infrastructure in this country it is still not possible to turn general high schools into vocational technical schools because of the conditions,” he said.

Although supportive of developing vocational schools, he called on the government to ensure schools had good infrastructure and access to the necessary equipment.

He said the current limitations faced by schools continued to have a significantly impact on the future of students because even if they finished their studies their practical experience was still incomplete.

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