New secondary school to be established in Moresby

Plans are underway to create a new secondary school in Port Moresby to cater for the increasing population.

National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop said plans are now underway to build the school at Butuka or upgrade Bomana Primary School to build a secondary school component.

This is being offered by the Shenzhen Municipal Government of Shenzhen City, China following a signed sister city agreement with Shenzhen last year.

The overall construction of the school will cost about K40m and this is a gift as part of the growing relationship between Shenzhen and Moresby.

“My goal is to create more secondary schools in the city because we have a lot of elementary and primary schools but not enough space at the secondary level.

“Unless we do that, some kids will still be pushed out due to limited number of space.

“They’re initial plan was just to build a primary school but I’ve asked them to upgrade it to also include a secondary school,” Parkop said.

He added that if the school is built at Butuka, it will include an elementary, primary and secondary school all in one.

The school is expected to be competed in 2018 in time for the President of China to launch and donate during the APEC Leaders’ Summit to be hosted in Moresby.

NCD currently has 16 secondary schools and 34 primary schools.

Quintina Naime