By Eric Haurupma – EM TV News, Port Moresby
While all schools across the country have commenced their 2016 academic year smoothly, Eki Vaki Primary School in the nation’s capital was suspended due to a water supply issue.
This comes after the main water pipes supplying water to students’ ablution blocks were vandalized by thieves.
Vandalism, break and enter and graffiti is a big problem at Eki Vaki Primary School.
With its close proximity to Hohola, the residential hub, opportunists have been sneaking into this school and using its facilities for personal use.
It is believed that thieves are climbing over the school’s fence and accommodating themselves in classrooms, drinking, smoking, and sleeping and in the event important government assets without a care in the world.
Now this school is facing a serious problem with water shortages and high bills which led to its closure.
Teachers said there have been instances of alcohol consumption by youths in classrooms which is evident in the destruction of learning equipment.
The main poly pipe supplying water to the students ablution blocks were cut causing the water to spill over hence resulting in the high cost of water bills.
The school is now closed for a week to allow plumbers to work.
Meanwhile, negotiations are underway with Jubilee Secondary School for Eki Vaki to be its feeder school in 2016.
The school will resume on the 8th of February 2016