By LIONEL MUNGAE
A teacher in Eastern Highlands province has praised the effort of the government of Japan to fund the construction of new classrooms in remote schools throughout the country.
Iufi Iufa Primary school in the Mimanalo LLG of Goroka district is one of the four recipients for grant aid contract funded by the government of Japan through its embassy for the construction of a single story building with water tanks at a total cost of K268, 500.
The other three recipients were the PNG Fire Service, Siokei Primary school in Eastern Highlands province and Kiorota elementary school in Northern Province. The total grant funded for the four projects is K1, 627, 632.
Head Teacher and Board of Management Chairman Himony Tom Lapiso thanked the government of Japan and Ambassador, His Excellency Satoshi Nakajima for funding the construction of the classroom and reiterated that the funding is timely as the school is facing problems in terms of managing the ever increasing number of students.
Lapiso told Sunday Chronicle in an interview that the Tuition Free Fee policy implemented by the government in 2012 has brought about significant increases in student enrolment which the need for more classrooms was paramount to cater for the students.
He said the school was established in 1957 during the colonial phase and there was no funding to construct new classrooms which force the school to use traditional materials like bamboo and thatched houses as classrooms.
Lapiso said the school enrolled more than 1, 500 students for this academic year from grades 3-8 and will definitely increase commencing next year.
He said the school did not have enough funding to build classrooms themselves and the kind gesture by the government of Japan portrays the cordial relationship between PNG and Japan.
Lapiso said the TFF policy has become an obstacle to the operation of the school as the fees were cut short and not paid on time for the school to function properly.