Notre Dame Girls Secondary School reopens

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THE Notre Dame Girls Secondary School resumed classes on Tuesday after successfully negotiating with landowners and other concerned parties.
The school had been closed since Feb 12 due to security threats.
 Locals threatened to shut down the school’s water pump unless K500,000 was paid to them as compensation.
Mt Hagen Catholic archdiocese and head of the church’s education agency Archbishop Douglas Young ordered the school’s closure for the safety of the 700 school girls.
It was reported that students were threatened by knife-wielding men on school premises.
Police said the armed men had also set up camp in the school compound.
Police apprehended a total of 13 suspects, of which, 11 were released on bail while two remain in police custody.
Yesterday, students were seen gathering at bus stops to get to school while others were still unsure whether the matter had been resolved.
Attempts to contact Archbishop Young and the catholic education agency were unsuccessful.