A new staff administration building was opened last Thursday in Yangoru Secondary School in East Sepik Province.
As part of a large investment into improving education in the Yangoru-Saussia District, the administration building will be part of a new academy concept that will also see the launch of the first School of Excellence for Yangoru-Saussia.
Since 2016, Yangoru Secondary has seen developments worth over K800, 000. This has been made possible through the Yangoru-Saussia District Development Authority and donor agencies. Local MP, Richard Maru, said in total, over K40 million has been invested in education in the last 7 years. This has seen the opening of a number of new classrooms and the building of new schools throughout the district, including the state of the art, Yangoru School of Excellence.
“You want to build a district, you must invest in education. Over the last 7 years, Yangoru-Saussia District has invested over K40 million in education. No other district has done this in the province,” Mr Maru said.
There are also plans in place to convert Yangoru Secondary School into an academy institution. This will see Yangoru Secondary taking all levels of education from elementary to senior high school, with the School of Excellence taking on a national high school status.
The Yangoru School of Excellence, once it is properly registered will be opened next year, and will take 90 students from Yangoru-Saussia with 30 from other districts in East Sepik Province.
Mr Maru has also appealed to every school in the district to come up with rule books and contracts for every student to sign in order for them to behave and successfully complete their education.
Meanwhile, works on the new Wingei High School in West Yangoru is near completion.
“So far we have built a two–two –in-one classroom for grade nines and four staff houses. Once the remaining cheques from treasury are released, we will complete an ablution block plus build the head teacher’s house. This will be done in the next 3 months before the start of the academic year next year,” Mr Maru said.
By Stanley Ove Jnr – EMTV News, Port Moresby