Kokopo school welcomes K550,000 housing project

The issue of teachers’ accommodation has been greatly lessened at a primary school in Kokopo, East New Britain Province.

The Kalamanagunan Primary School excitedly opened 7 teachers’ units last Friday (March 24) with traditional singsing, food and special gifts.

The pilot project, funded by the Kokopo Development Authority at a cost of K550,000, includes a 5-in-1 complex and a duplex.

Governor Ereman ToBaining Jnr, who officiated at the event, said the new infrastructure aligns with their government’s education plan.

“Teachers will not need to travel hours and hours and miles away to come to school. That is why we are housing them on campus.

“More projects and development will come our way, but I appeal to all stakeholders; schools, parents, let us take ownership.”

The project alone cost K500,000 while white goods were purchased at K50,000, said the Governor.

Meanwhile, Kalamanagunan’s sectional head teacher, Brigitte Tiparo, described the new infrastructure as a-dream-come-true.

“A lot of our teachers live outside the school,” she told Loop PNG.

“This project is a great help to us. A blessing.”

The school has 1,400 students, 39 teachers and 9 teachers’ houses.

(Food gifts for the Governor, in appreciation of the new buildings)

Carmella Gware