District opens high school, MP reveals plans for more high schools


MORE than 300 grade eight students from the four primary schools in Daulo, Eastern Highlands, will attend a new high school in the district next year.
The new Mando Lutheran High School was opened last Wednesday.
The school will cater for students coming out of the Korepa, Yamiufa, Samatoka and Mando primary schools. The high school is in ward two of the Lower Asaro local level government.
It was opened by Eastern Highlands education director Albert Wesley and witnessed by MP Pogio Ghate, Lutheran education representative Timothy Wano, Daulo education programme manager Homate Gimiseve, PNG Teachers Association branch president Philip Ahuti and provincial secondary schools inspector Mark Pus.
Wesley wants to see each district in the province have at least two high schools and a secondary school to cater for the growing number of students coming out of primary schools.
Next year, six primary schools in the province will be elevated to high school status.
They are Mando Lutheran, Kama Seventh-Day Adventist, Ginitoka, Unggai, Inoka and Obura primary schools.
“The provincial education division will give its full support to the new high schools so that they are up and running properly,” he said.
Ghate said it was not easy getting a high school in the district and thanked everyone involved in seeing the project materialise. Ghate, a former student of the school, said the school was set up in the 1950s by the Lutheran Missionaries and the forefathers of the Mando people and had come a long way to where it is now.
“It is a historical occasion today to see the school being elevated into a high school,” he said.
“It is not an easy thing.”