Morobe elementary school upgraded

Kennedy Wenge

AN elementary school in rural Morobe last Sunday announced it would be a primary school next year.
Gobadik Elementary School in Nabak local level government, Nawaeb, made the announcement during the opening a double classroom to enrol grade three students starting next year.
Gobadik school board chairman Jimmy Kepas said the school was established several years ago, however, it had not undergone much improvement in terms of building infrastructure.
“The double classroom was an initiative taken by the people themselves,” he said.
“They started working on it until funds ran out.
“This is when MP Kennedy Wenge assisted with K35,000 which enabled us to complete it.”
Kepas said with the school being recognised as a primary school, it would save their children from walking long distances to Hobu and Igam primary schools.
He said Gobadik children, since the 1970s, had to cross rivers to get to primary schools and some had been lost over the years and the announcement was welcomed by the community.
Provincial examination coordinator Michael Geseng urged the parents to look after the school and to discipline their children well before sending them to school.
“We, as parents, have to play our roles in the education of our children so that they become our investments,” he said.
Wenge commended parents for their initiative to build the classroom.
“When you take the lead to do such an impact project for the interest of the community, it is what we call taking the first step forward,” he said.
“This is (being) independent.”
Minister for Lands and Physical Planning and Lae MP John Rosso said he would supply both classrooms with furniture.