School closes, community and police looking for arsonists


A SCHOOL in Jiwaka has closed for the year as the community and police continue to look for the arsonists who burnt two classrooms there, an official says.
Provincial education adviser Dr Charly Muke said in May a four-in-one classroom and administration buildings were set on fire.
Dr Muke said those responsible were yet to be found so the school would remain closed.
He said 34 computers and all certificates and other valuables of the school were destroyed with the buildings.
Dr Muke said both the primary and secondary schools were closed as the building that was set on fire belonged to the Kudjip Primary School but Kudjip Secondary was using it too.
More than 1,000 students attending both the schools.
Dr Muke said parents and surrounding communities were concerned about the children’s education but the provincial education board wanted the suspects arrested or the community help build the classrooms.
He said parents and communities were told to work with police to find the culprits. Dr Muke said the education board would stand its ground to see the suspects being arrested.