ELEMENTARY students at the Ted Diro Primary School in Port Moresby have returned to classes after workmen fixed the overflowing sewage water at the school.
Deputy head teacher Jerry Karavai expressed his gratitude to the media, especially The National, for publicising their concern for the school that got the authorities to get their acts right by taking the initiative to fix the broken sewage pipes.
“PNG Defence Force and the Eda Ranu authorities came that same day after the article came out in the paper and fixed the pipe and I am happy that we have resumed classes, thanks to you all,” Mr Karavai said.
He also said that they left the place to get dry completely last week for the students to resume classes this week.
The National ran the story on Sept 1, titled “Smelly suspension”, that said the school was faced with sewage water leaking off one of the PNG Defence Force residents and flowing into the classrooms of the elementary school and that it posed a health concern .
School board chairman and Defence Force public relations officer Capt Thomas Kilala said that it was unfortunate students had to miss out on two weeks of school, which was beyond the school’s control.
“Now that it’s fixed, we must try to avoid a reoccurrence and that also goes to the road maintenance and construction to make better drainage system,” Capt Kilala said.