Dregerhafen open for class

Lae News, Normal

THE Dregerhafen Secondary School will be open this year despite the planned construction work on the school’s infrastructure.
“Parents need not panic as rehabilitation work will start this week on the school that was forced to close due to deteriorating infrastructure.
“I have met with National Planning Secretary Joseph Lelang who has indicated that there are left-over funds from the RESI programme that will be released when finance accounts open next month,” Finschhafen MP Theo Zurenouc said.
“I will also speak to Education Minister James Marape today about the plight of the school that was closed last year due to critical defects to the school’s infrastructure,” he said.
The school was supposed to get K3.4 million from RESI funds last year but missed out due to unknown reasons, he said.
He said the K100,000 funding last year from the District Service Improvement Programme was inadequate to address the serious infrastructure problems.
However, before the accounts closed last year, another K50,000 was raised to rehabilitate the school.
“Materials have been bought and are on the way to the school for maintenance work to start immediately,’’ he said.
Mr Zurenouc appealed to parents to assist in paying for school fees for their children.
“While the government is doing its best, parents must also assist in paying for fees that will help with the up-keep of the school.”
Mr Zurenouc said he has a plan to assist parents with school fees which he will announce later this year.