By JUNIOR UKAHA
ACCOMODATION issues affecting girls at the Finschafen Community College, Morobe, will be a thing of the past, thanks to a new dormitory opened recently.
The dormitory was funded by the Finschafen district development authority at a cost of K500,000 under its service improvement programme funding.
The dormitory was opened by Finschafen MP Theo Zurenuoc and Deputy Morobe Governor Judas Nalau last Wednesday at Gagidu station.
School manager Navis Kongos said the dormitory was constructed by Patak Construction Limited at a cost of K500,000 and took six months to complete.
This new facility can house 60 students.
“It is high, secure and safe for our female students to use,” he said.
Navis said the school, built in the colonial era, was a boarding school and faced accommodation problems in the past but with the building of a new boys’ dormitory last year and the opening of this new girls’ dormitory accommodation issues would be alleviated.
Navis said the students were from as far as Kabwum, Wasu, Siassi and the six LLGs of Finschafen itself. “This is a level six government school,” Kongos said.
“We have 18 full-time teachers and about 250 students, 60 of whom are females.
“Now that we have upgraded our dormitories, we have further plans to upgrade all the training facilities and introduce new courses for that we need another K500,000 or so”
Kongos said their annual budget was around K220,000 but that was for operational expenses only and could not cater for new developments like improving infrastructure or buying materials for students.
Zurenuoc, who was impressed with the facility, urged the students to take good care of it.
He said the dormitory was constructed using the people’s money and was for the children in the district to benefit from.
By JUNIOR UKAHA