School makes its mark

Education, Normal

The National, Monday October 21st, 2013

 ST Charles Lwanga High Schhol has showed improvement since its establishment in 2007.

Despite starting from a vocational youth centre of the Catholic Church, St Charles Lwanga, it has managed to grow, thanks to support given by the local MPs, staff and students over the course of seven years.

In a speech, outgoing head boy, Samuel Wrondimi, said the school’s record of results had improved – from 21% (23 out of 108 students) being accepted for Grade 11 in 2008, to last year’s all time high of 86% (150 out of 174 students) continuing to do Grade 11.

Wrondimi said the school was promised funding by the Education Department but it did not receive any.

“We were promised funding by the Education Department in 2008 under the rehabilitation education sector infrastructure funding but since then no support from the department came,” Wrondimi said

Parents and citizens committee chairman James Yalya said the school needed K6 million to upgrade to secondary school and said they would do fundraising activities next year.

“We did not have any fundraising this year, so next year we will try our best to fundraise,” Yalya said.

“We need K6 million to upgrade to secondary status and I encourage parents, whose children are passing out, to please keep helping the school in any way you can.”

Moresby North-West MP and Health Minister Michael Malabag presented a cheque for K200,000 to the school and assured his commitment to helping the school.

“The government stands committed in ensuring universal education for all through the free education policy. As your member elect, I stand firm and committed as well towards the development aspiration our schools have,” Malabag said.