College gets board after 14 years

Momase

A COMMUNITY college outside Wewak town in East Sepik has been without recognised board members for the last 14 years.
It was not until recently, the St Andrews Community College witnessed the swearing-in of its board members in Wewak, according to director Emily Kopania.
Eleven of the 14 board members were present at the ceremony.
Kopania said the institution since its establishment in 2004 had appointed members but not inducted them officially.
The college give second chances to those who have no place in the formal education system and this year the college is enrolling 900 students.
Kopania said the college located at Yawasoro enrolled students from Grades 9-12 and also offered trade courses such as carpentry, welding, tourism and hospitality among others.
Senior provincial magistrate Fridoline Kambibel, who officiated the swearing-in ceremony, urged board members to stand firm and perform their duties.
Kambibel said it was important that all institutions in the country swear in their board members so that they could be protected under the Education Act.
The St Andrew’s Community College was registered in June 2014, as a community college together with Wirui Vocational Centre in Wewak.
According to Kopania, the community college has 64 funded positions and employed graduates from universities.

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