K60,000 reason to smile

National, Normal


STUDENTS, staff and parents of one the oldest schools in Port Moresby had every reason to celebrate yesterday after the launching of new classrooms costing K60,000.
Koki Primary School, with about 1,600 students from the surrounding areas including Badili, Talai-Gorobe settlement, Wanigela and others coming as far as 8-Mile, was full of activity.
School headmistress Josephine Amos announced the building to be named The Powes Parkop Building honouring the  NCD Governor’s initiative to fund the project.
Mrs Amos said the school had faced many problems but still struggled along safely within the area.
She said during a visit by the governor late last year, he committed about K1.1 million which was used to fund the project.
Mr Parkop, who officially opened the double-storey classroom, challenged the school board of management, parents, teachers and students to take their responsibilities seriously.
“I am not conducting such initiatives to claim glory but because of the potential I see in the country.
“Stakeholders should not only be concerned about the acquittals in the spending of the school subsidies but also focus on whether students and teachers had sufficient materials and resources for their schools,” he said.