By STARZA PAUL
“DESPITE a tribal fight and a disastrous start to the 2018 academic year, we have excelled in our performance and I’m very happy for the hard working staff at the school,” says a principal.
Mr Nelson Keke, the principal of Kompiam High School in Enga told the Sunday Chronicle recently that his school has performed exceptionally well in comparison to other schools in the country last year.
“A tribal fight had been going on in the heart of the district for three years that continued into last year and movements to and fro the district were hard.
“To bring in mess rations and school stationeries from Wabag town were similarly hard and challenging since the two tribes engaged in the battle live along the road and also close to the high school,” he said.
Mr Keke said despite the challenges, he budgeted well the monies allocated to the school so that the school could be able to close the academic year successfully.
“I’m thankful to Enga Governor Sir Peter and his administration for keeping us going by assisting us with security personal (police) who were present at the school during the duration of the tribal conflict.
“I also thank my hard working staff and also the surrounding tribes for maintaining peace despite the tribal fight and the recognition by the department is the testimony to that,” he said.
Secretary for Education Dr Uke Kombra announced that Kompiam High School in Enga last month as the top five most improved schools for Grade 10s in December. The others were Scared Heart Tapini Secondary (Central), Misima High (Milne Bay), Kiriwina High (Milne Bay) and Yano High (Central).
Dr Kombra during the announcement said that the department has recognised 26 high and secondary schools out of 301 in the country that have put in a lot of effort to improve their academic performances.
Secretary Dr Kombra presented the Best Academic Performing Schools and the Most Improved School awards to these schools based on grade 10 and grade 12 results.