The National, Monday 20th May 2013
EAST New Britain Governor and Kokopo MP Ereman ToBaining Jnr has urged students in the Raluana and Kokopo-Vunamami LLGs to remain focused in their studies as the Kokopo district administration was pumping a lot of money into education.
He made the remarks when he paid surprise visits to Raluana, Kabagap and Gunanba Primary Schools and donated computer sets and slashers to each of the schools.
A similar exercise will also be done for schools in Bitapaka LLG.
He gave the materials as part of his education empowerment programme for his district. The materials were purchased from the Kokopo district funds.
Gunanba Primary School head teacher Johnna June thanked ToBaining for recognising his school’s needs.
He said for over 48 years since the establishment of the school no parliamentarian has visited the school to give any form of donation though it is about 6km out of town.
Kabagap Primary deputy principal Kandrian Babate was in tears when she received the surprise package for the school from ToBaining Jnr.
She said she had been teaching at the school for 25 years and it was the first time ever for a parliamentarian visit their school and give them such useful learning materials.
“We did not ask or plan for this. This is from his heart and his visit is a shock to us,” Babate said.
When giving out the materials, ToBaining told students, teachers and parents at Raluana Primary that a new library worth K150,000 would be built for the school.
ToBaining said that the money was already ready and should be released for materials to be purchased any time.
He challenged students at the three schools to take ownership of what was given to them and also urged the school administrations to hand in their project proposals so that they could be assisted by the Kokopo district administration for some projects.
ToBaining also challenged teachers to change their approach towards teaching and must be more responsible and punctual in their duties.