The Prime Minister Hon. James Marape, presented a cheque of K1.7 million to seven schools in Wosera-Gawi District, East Sepik on Friday, October, for a commitment made by the former O’Neill-Abel government.
Prime Minister Marape told students and parents present at the cheque presentation ceremony in Kandige Primary School, that the commitment was made by the then Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill during a visit to Chambri and he was the Minister for Finance at that time.
The Schools that received the funding include:-
- Chambri Lake Primary School – K250, 000
- Kamanbo Primary School – K250, 000
- Saii Primary School – K250, 000
- Yambi Yambi Primary School – K250, 000
- Paulagwi Primary School – K250, 000
- Aibom Primary School – K250, 000
- Kandige Primary School – K250, 000.
Meantime, the Minister for Education and Member for Wosera-Gawi, Joseph Yopyyopy, said the funding will go towards building double classrooms for the schools and to avoid the mismanagement of funds, the District has taken on the initiative to source reliable contractors for the projects where funds will be paid directly to them.
The Prime Minister has also committed K5 million to building a Technical High School for the Wosera-Gawi District and assured the people that the Government is committed to building a boarding High School for the District as well.
“The job of leaders is to ensure money is shared equally with all provinces and not to just one province,” he said.
The funding will go towards building a double classroom for the seven schools.
Prime Minister Marape has also consulted with Governors to bring the Flexible and Open Distance Education (FODE) campus down to the High Schools in the Districts so students who were unable to continue on with their education in either secondary schools or tertiary education can continue through FODE.
“This is to give another chance to our children to continue their education through FODE.”
Meanwhile, a further K8 million (K2 million each) was committed to schools in Angoram District, Ambunti/Drekikier District, Maprik District and Wewak District.