Ipatas: Local Politics Behind Enga Rampage

Enga Governor Peter Ipatas says local politics was an underlying reason for the riots by Kopen Secondary School students on public properties in Wabag town.

A disappointed governor said the provincial government will support the police to investigate this matter, and that the full force of the law will be applied to those involved.


Governor Ipatas, in an exclusive interview with EMTV News, said the rampage claimed to have been staged by students of Kopen Secondary, is now a police matter.


He believes politics was involved in this incident.


Kopen Secondary School used to be a government school until last year, when it was handed over to the Catholic Church on an understanding that the church would bring in expatriates to teach there.


However this never happened this year, and he says he was not informed of this and local teachers were posted to teach there.


He said all appointments of teachers and head teachers to schools in the province are done by the Provincial Education Board.


He said students and parents are not part of the process of appointing head teachers and they should leave this process to the concerned authorities to deal with.


This led him to call on Enga students attending the University of Technology to return to classes, supporting the Ipatas Foundation Chairman, Issac Lupari’s threat to withdraw sponsorship, if they fail to.


He urged the Unitech study body to take ownership of their future.

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