The National, Monday November 4th, 2013
A VILLAGE in Wabag, Enga is to have its own primary school.
Mangupos village has an elementary school that has been in existence for 10 years catering for children in the villages in Kompiam-Ambum district.
The nearest primary school is about a three-hour walk away.
Wabag MP Robert Sandan Ganim made a commitment of K200,000 to establish the primary school in the area.
Ganim, a tribal chief and one who is well-versed with education in the area, understands very well the needs of the 20,000 population in terms of education.
Ben Sarret, the deputy district administrator was present with Wabag Rural LLG representative Roy Kipalan handed over a cheque for K50,000 to the school board members on behalf of Ganim last week. The K200,000 will be paid in quarterly payments to ensure work is done transparently.
Don Tondop, the headmaster of Mangupos Elementary School and a board member of the proposed primary school, said the people were still discussing the site of the primary school.
Local councillor Leo Sangale Tengen thanked Ganim for the initiative and said children would not have to travel far to attend primary school. “My children always wake up early in the morning to go to the nearest primary school,” he said.
“I always feel for them when they come home late.”