Our Lady of Perpetual Help School
Today, the primary school educates 600 children including 200 enrolled in the preschool and kindergarten sections. Among the school’s students are 36 orphans. Yearly tuition per student is $46 for grades 1-6 and $52 for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students. While the school’s fees are among the lowest in town, at least a third of parents are unable to pay the tuition. A teacher’s yearly salary is $962, barely sufficient to meet the basic needs of a teacher and his or her family. This makes attracting the best teachers a difficult task. Student-teacher ratios, particularly in the lower grades, are extremely high, making it difficult to track individual students’ progress. There are few if any resources to help student who fall behind. In addition, the school’s infrastructure is aging and requires considerable repairs.
As a result of the high success rate of its students, and partly because tuition fees are the lowest in town, the school has made a name for itself. Despite its successes the school still faces daunting challenges in ensuring quality education to the children.