Great results from remote school in WHP

National, Normal


A SCHOOL in a remote part of Western Highlands province is proving that discipline produces results in the classrooms.
But to continue with the great results, the school needs more classrooms and desks for its students and houses for teachers.
Pabrabuk Secondary School was established six years ago in the Nebilyer district, but does not have enough classrooms, especially science laboratories, home economic rooms, and practical skills buildings for practical work.
It also does not have enough staff houses and students dormitories.
It has, therefore, enrolled Grade Nines and 10s, and has not taken in Grades 11 and 12.
School principal, Paulus Tembon, when speaking during the 5th Grade 10 graduation last Friday, said they needed these facilities urgently to start taking Grade 11s next year.
“I must not promise you when we will be starting to enrol Grade 11s because we do not have the facilities to accommodate them…it will take some six to seven years,” he stressed during the graduation ceremony.
He said the academic performance of Grade 10 students were very impressive in the last four years.
The headmaster said the number of Grade 10 students accepted into secondary schools had increased from 15 in 2005 to 24 in 2006, 27 in 2007 and 35 last year.
He said he was confident the number would be higher this year.
A double classroom building was opened during the graduation.
This was built at the cost of K100,000 which the parents and students raised themselves.
Mr Tembon said the main reason they excelled was because of discipline.
In the school, all students were required to lodge at the school.
Since the school is run by the PNG Bible church, Christian leadership training is a major focus, which contributed a lot to the character building of individual students. Guest of honour and national chairman of the PNG Bible church, Rev Mondopa Mini, challenged the graduating students to take Jesus Christ with them as they depart to begin another chapter of their lives. The school saw 109 Grade 10 students graduate last Friday. It has 10 staff members.