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June 28, 2022

No Promised Classroom

Eight weeks have passed and one school in the Moresby South Electorate, is still awaiting the construction of its promised classrooms.

At the launch of the Exercise Books at Koki Primary in February, it was announced by Moresby South Member, and Minister for Sports and South Pacific Games, Justin Tkatchenko, that ten new classrooms were to be built for the school. However, when Emtv visited the school yesterday, there was no sign of constructions work on the elementary classrooms.


While the government is making its primary aim to provide tuition fees and secure funds to build education facilities in schools nationwide, it is the responsibility of the contractors to ensure the buildings are completed on time.


These promised classrooms were jointly funded by the state and the Australian government under its Ausaid program at a cost of K90 million. The joint funding was primarily to build more classrooms to accommodate the increase in the number of students.


It is understood that two different contractors are building these classrooms.

PNG Forest Products was responsible to build a double story classroom for the primary students, while Phoenix Builders Constructor was responsible for the demolished elementary classrooms. 


Today, only two stacks of brinks are at the area where the classrooms are to be built. It is still not clear when the actually work on the classrooms will begin.


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