By THOMAS HUKAHU
BALIF in East Sepik’s Maprik district will soon have a new flexible, open and distance education (FODE) school, thanks to the support of Works Minister and Maprik MP Gabriel Kapris.
Kapris gave K10,000 to Kevin Kaisman the initiator of the project to start the construction phase of two double classroom blocks last month.
“I want to thank Kapris for his support in building the new school that will cater for the many school leavers from schools around Maprik area and other districts as well,” Kaisman said yesterday from Maprik.
Kaisman is a former national volunteer service (NVS) worker who worked as a trainer and engaged in other activities in community development.
He is not new to the FODE system, being a student himself and later starting a school with the help of some university graduates.
Kaisman said the Grade 8 school leavers coming out of primary schools without getting a placing in any of the high schools could apply to the school which would be situated at Malahum, a few kilometres from Balif.
Kaisman said students attending the school could study at the school as boarding or day students.
He said the construction phase of the two blocks of four classrooms and an administration block would be completed by December and full-time teachers would be employed.
The school would also take in students who would want to do matriculation studies as in upgrading to Grades 11 and 12.