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June 29, 2022

Lack of Funding Halts Construction of School

by Bethanie Harriman – EM TV News, Lae

Konge Primary School in Komba LLG of the Kabwum District will be upgraded into a secondary school. 

Though work continues into building a mess hall, funds have now dried up and the prospect of more being received has become slim. 

Head teacher, Nemson Mangheyu, said the people from the local community have contributed money to build the secondary school. 

For remote parts of the Kabwum District, like Komba – the population of school age children is increasing.

Komba has eight primary schools, but after Grade Eight, students virtually have no place to go.

It’s caused an imbalance that puts more children out of classrooms and back into a village that is hit by drought and food shortage. 

To deal with that problem, Konge Primary School is being building the Komba Secondary School. 

Mangheyu was inspecting the frames of a newly constructed mess hall when he said the parents wanted a secondary school built, and therefore put pressure on the district administration. 

“Our students were always looking for a high school in Wasu and other parts, they carried their matresses from one school where they would be told it is full.

“They’d walk for days looking for a secondary school,” he said.

But, money problems have hampered the construction phase and work has come to a halt.

Despite the district authority granting K100,000 for the project, funding has dried up and the school needs help.

The school is not the only one that is experiencing money problems – many other schools around the country have not received enough government help.


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