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April 2, 2020
Education Momase

Governments Commitment Pending For School

The Huonville Primary School in Lae is still waiting for the Morobe’s Provincial Government’s commitment of K500 000 that was paid to the Provincial Works Division to assist the school build new classrooms.

In April 2018, six buildings that accommodated 24 classes of grades three to eight were condemned which forced just under 2000 students out of classes.

The school was ordered to shut down by the Government Departments for not being structurally fit.

Four weeks after the closure of the school in April last year, the Lae MP, John Rosso and the Morobe Governor, Ginson Saonu went to Huonville Primary School and made commitments to assist the school with new classrooms.

The Lae District supported with K50 000 to build temporary classrooms and made a commitment of K1.2 million to build new classrooms.

The Provincial Government committed K500 000 that was paid to the Provincial Works Division.

In April last year, Huonville Primary School was ordered to shut down by PNG Fire Service, the Health Department and the Building Board from Lae Urban Local Level Government after an inspection.

The Huonville Primary School is one of the biggest Primary School in Lae.

The students are using temporary classrooms with more than 50 students in each class.

The school administration has been unable to assist due to the delay in the payment of Tuition Fee-Free Funds (TFF) that was paid in very small amount.

The School board and administration have been following up with the Provincial Works division who are yet to appoint a contractor to build new classrooms for the school.

By Julie Badui Owa – EMTV News, Lae

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