By Stanley Ove Jnr – EM TV, Port Moresby
The Deboismenu Elementary Primary School, in the Central Province, staged its 14th Grade 8 Graduation on Friday 31 November, 2014, which saw a total of 41 students graduating, despite ongoing problems being faced by the school.
Head Teacher, Messie Toimabweal, said that he had confidence in the graduating class of this year and was adamant that students would be selected to go onto high school.
Only three weeks ago, the school was bogged down by the state of its finances and the lack of classroom space to cater for students. This is an issue that is widespread, and faced by the majority of public elementary, primary and secondary schools throughout Papua New Guinea, where they continue to struggle to function as institutes of learning.
But no matter what trials they face, schools like Deboismenu Elementary Primary School are doing their best to overcome these obstacles, and survive.
Board Chairman, Kevin Misko, explained that the school is the only elementary school in the Bereina area of the Kairuku-Hiri District and will need two more classroom blocks next year to cater for more children.
The school also aims to implement several other projects and are working towards seeing their goals through.
Local parish priest, Mikaele Marisi, said that the Catholic Church and local community had done much to develop the school and there have been significant improvements over the last four to five years.