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June 15, 2021
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Butuka: Lands Department calls for Common Sense to Prevail

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By Annette Kora – EMTV News, Port Moresby

The Lands Department is calling for common sense to prevail as talks to get as many Motu-Koitabuan students enrolled at the Butuka Academy continues. However, there is limited space for children to attend the academy.

After discussions earlier in the week, the school had allowed for classes to resume today for children to continue lessons.

Moresby South MP and Lands Minister, Justin Tkacthenko, told EMTV News that the request made by Motu-Koitabuans to have Butuka Academy solely for Motu-Koitabuans is unwise and will be very difficult.

Tkacthenko says everyone will need to come to some sort of understanding and compromise which does not involve jeopardising the education of children in the electorate. He said the school will try its best to include as many children as it can. However, spacing is one important issue that parents need to understand and come to terms with.

The Moresby South MP says continuous dialogue will go ahead with the Education Department and the people of Motu-Koitabu stressing further that parents should not make the situation worse by closing the academy and making the children suffer any further.

Classes at the Butuka Academy resumed yesterday and the Minister is hopeful it will remain open for the rest of the school year.

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