Magarima Secondary Leads In Hela Province

A Principal in Hela district, Magarima Secondary School, attributes high academic results to the improvement of the school infrastructure.

According to Magarima Secondary Principal, Stanley Mokom, better classroom empowers students to do better. He says new infrastructure has motivated teachers and students to perform better.


There have been five classrooms built with K2 million from the district funds. They have electricity, and is fitted with new chairs and tables for the students to use.


Principal, Stanley Mokom says the school’s high performance in recent exams is due to these new building. “When I joined the School as headmaster, the school had totally ran down,” he says.


The school came second for Secondary schools in the Highlands region in terms of academic excellence. The area is often associated with the constant problems of tribal fights and compensation.


The school’s old classrooms were destroyed during tribal fights several years ago, but with multi-milllion kina projects like the LNG and Mt Kara developing, the people in the area are urged by Local leaders to change. “There is an eight million kina contract for the school,” says Mokom.


Education is playing a pivotal role, when more local people are educated.

Businesses like lodges and guesthouses are being built, and will employ them as well as the mining projects, but the challenge still remains to change the mindset of many other tribal groups in the area.

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