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Construction of Huonville Primary Classrooms Slow, Classes delayed

By Lucy Kopana – EMTV News, Lae

The resumption of classes for students at the Huonville Primary School in Lae may be delayed for another week, according to Head Teacher, Willy Vilakiva.

This is because the construction of the thirteen new makeshift classrooms has been slow, following the condemnation of six four in one classroom four weeks ago, by the fire service and building board. More funding and building materials are needed to fast track the construction.

Mr. Vilakiva said the only assistance received so far has been from parents, and a few business houses that donated building materials. A contractor and parent at the school, Beno Bakau volunteered to help build the makeshift classrooms with a few others.

He said the children’s education is paramount, and is also calling on other parents to help where they can, to ensure the children resume classes soon.

On Saturday morning, Lae MP John Rosso visited the site. He has pledged to assist the school board in seeking funds and resources, and has also called on the Education authorities and the Minister to intervene, saying this is one of the biggest schools in the province.

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