By ALISON ANIS
THE deteriorating Kerema Coronation High School in the Gulf province will finally get a new facelift after many years of neglect.
Governor Havila Kavo presented a cheque of K1 million drawn from his electorate’s school fee subsidy to Pantreid yesterday for the construction of the two new double classrooms for the high school which may be completed sometime in June.
“We have already established groundwork and construction will begin as soon as building materials reached the school,” Jack Narrie, chairman for the school board said.
Mr Narrie said the school was totally rundown and not conducive to learning because of many years of neglect and the commitment from the governor and the government was a historical breakthrough.
“As a chairman for the school for the last 15 years I am loss for words because this is actually the first time we will be seeing changes in our school and in the way our students learn,” he added.
Mr Kavo said with improved infrastructure, the school hoped to move up to secondary level where students in the province can go to after completing their Grade 10.
“We also hoping that the new changes will help students perform well and achieve good grades in class since Kerema has the lowest grade point average in the country,” Mr Kavo said, adding that the K1 million was drawn from his electorate’s school fee subsidies.
Mr Kavo said he had also allocated funds for the development of Ihu High School which was closed in 2008.
He said he also looking at giving same attention and funding for Kikori Secondary and Malalaua High School next year.
Pantreid has already completed assembling the first lot of pre-fabricated building materials for Kerema High School which will be transported to the province sometime this month.