Primary school to be upgraded to high school


A PRIMARY school in Enga will be upgraded to a high school this year with the presentation of K250,000 by Governor Sir Peter Ipatas last month.
Sir Peter said Lagaip-Porgera’s Aiyak Primary School would be a high school and would enrol grade nines for this year.
He said the densely populated Laiagam had been without a high school for the last 12 years since Laiagam High School was forced to close as a result of continuous tribal fighting in the district.
Sir Peter said it was the people in communities that needed to take ownership of public assets such as schools and cooperate to ensure they were looked after.
“I will continue to appeal to the people to stop tribal fighting,” he said. “It is a disease that destroys the future of our younger generation.
“In fact, there’s no reward for killing each other in this bad practice of tribal fighting, yet, our people continue to do the evil.”
Sir Peter said he would consider rebuilding the former Laiagam High School to a secondary school only if the people showed that they could respect and look after Government funded projects.
Meanwhile, the upgrading of Aiyak to high school status brings the number of high schools in Enga to seven, joining Yumbilam, Kompiam, Ganim, Piripais and Mulitaka high schools. Sir Ipatas also announced the upgrading of Surunki and Kandep high schools to secondary school status.