The National, Thursday 01st December 2011
THE Southern Highlands provincial government has allocated K3 million for a remote primary school to be elevated to high school status.
Kuare Primary School is expected to be a high school by 2013 after appropriate facilities are set up.
The provincial education department has confirmed securing the funds and said preparations were being made for infrastructure development in the school.
Provincial education adviser Joel Raitano said the education board would put the construction contract on tender to secure a reputable construction company to build the school facilities.
Raitano said the provincial education department expected construction to be completed in about six months to allow the teaching staff to settle in at the new high school.
The following facilities are expected to be constructed in the first phase of preparation for the high school; five teachers’ houses, two double classrooms, two student dormitories, two ablution blocks, one administration block and one science and home economics complex.
Former headmaster of Kuare Primary Musa Kaiyamo welcomed the project by the provincial government and the education department.
Kaiyamo, who is a local leader, said on behalf of the Kuare people they were happy that at last they would be able to send their children to a high school near them.
It had been the practice that Grade 8 students from Kuare continue to Grade 9 at Pangia, Erave and Kagua high schools – depending on availability of spaces.
The Kuare LLG which has a population of more than 20,000 had been without a high school, although it had sufficient number of feeder schools.
“Mipela hamamas olsem hai skul bai stap long Kuare na ol pikinini bai skul (We are happy that Kuare will have a high school and our children do not have to go to other high schools,” Kaiyamo said.