By ALISON ANIS
THE opening of a double classroom in Kilakila Primary School in the National Capital District was described by its principal Robert Lavaki as “a breath of fresh air” last Friday.
“The school has been neglected for the last 60 years,” Mr Lavaki said.
“Kilakila primary is 60 years, three months and two days old but it has been without any tangible developments.
“Now we are witnessing the start of the new era for the school with the opening of this new building,” he said.
Mr Lavaki was addressing students, teachers, parents, board of directors and invited guests from the department of education and NCDC, including Governor General Sir Paulias Matane and NCD Governor Powes Parkop, who turned up to officially open the classrooms.
He said the school was built in 1948, was opened a year later but had not seen any development since.
“The buildings are mostly rundown and have been declared by health inspectors as unfit for students to use.
“Now we are really grateful and thankful that our governor has seen the plight of the children and has stepped in to assist them.
“To many of us here, it’s a breath of fresh air,” he added.
The building has four classrooms and was built by Pantreid Pacific at a cost of K650,000.
The building is named Parkop Building after Mr Parkop who successfully secured K1.2million for the construction of the classrooms, including another four yet to be constructed.
Mr Parkop said the classrooms would help improve students learning and the community must appreciate and protect the school as their own.
“We must invest in the future of our children and train them to become better citizens and leaders of the nation,” he said.