From Under the shade of just one old Mango Tree in 2000, Timboni School was established and now stands as a multi-classroom school, providing education from age 4 years upwards, the eldest child being 16.
Over the next five years, it is planned that the oldest children in the school aged from 12 -16 years, will be moved on to high school or technical school under the revised education system announced in 2018. There are still almost 70 children in this age range of mixed ability, usually caused by missed schooling or a late start.
Under the Mango Tree recognises that there are challenges ahead for both teachers and pupils in adopting the new system.
Under the Mango Tree provides funding for 3 nursery teachers but will support the school in seeking to gain central government funding now that the 2018 education changes include nursery age children. This would release vital funds that are needed elsewhere in the school.
An immediate consequence of the changes has been the conversion of what were nursery stage children in 2017, to them becoming Primary 1 children in 2018, based upon their birth age of 6 years. This has resulted in a massive boost to the class size, now standing at close to 70 children. The challenge for the teachers is to educate all these children some of whom have only been in school for a short time, as they automatically proceed to Primary 2, whether ready or not.
Photo - New starters joining the school in January 2018
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