Australian Aid has funded the construction of a classroom, a staff house and an ablution block for Ava Badina Primary School in Central province.
The PNG Defence Force built the school in 1967. Since then, it has not seen any infrastructure development, until now.
Central Governor, Kila Haoda, and member for Kairuku-Hiri, Peter Isoaimo opened the new facilities yesterday.
As heavy rain fell in Ava Badina Primary School in Kairuku-Hiri District, the students lined up neither the less to proudly sign the national anthem.
The school has been neglected since it was built 49 years ago, and an emotional headmaster, Noel Gita, says it was a real need.
He said due to overcrowding it affected the students academically.
The school has a total population of 480 students and 15 teachers.
The two new classrooms that will be used by Grade Seven and Eight students have storage and an office space for teachers, while the Principal will use the new three-bedroom house.
The ablution block has one for the boys and one for the girls.
Isoaimo says that the government at times may not be able to provide services and he thanked the Australian government for the new facilities.
The MP then announced that he would be committing K50,000 to the school, and also committing another K50,000 was Central Governor, Kila Haoda.
Haoda said that by the end of the year the government would build a double story classroom for the school.
Headmaster Gita said he was pleased to hear of the commitmen’s.
He said the school facilitated five villages that are located along Aroua River and the school population was growing every year.