The National, Monday November 11th, 2013
TRANSGOGAL High School received a pleasant surprise last week when the Department of Personnel Management Secretary John Kali and two officers paid a visit there.
The visit was to honour a commitment made by the Minister of Public Services Sir Puka Temu (pictured), who visited the school last year and pledged to help.
“Although our department is not rich like finance and treasury, commerce and others, this K5,000 is a small token of our commitment made,” Kali said.
“Temu is a man who truly believes in the rural people.
“This commitment was part of some of the initiatives we are undertaking in seeing positive outcomes at the rural level as part of the Alotau Accord initiatives of empowering rural-based areas.”
Apart from the cheque presentation, a laptop was given and will be presented to the top-performing student at the end of the year.
Principal Ben Tamilong, who was clearly impressed, said Temu showed true leadership qualities by keeping his promise.
School parents and citizens’ committee chairman Benny Ullul said for them and other board members present that they were grateful to Kali and his team and asked for more government recognition for the school as numerous requests from parents are made to have the school enroll Grade 11s and 12s.
The school has a roll of 300-plus Grade 9s and 10s.