The Mainohana Secondary School in Central Province will soon be called Mainohana Secondary & Technical School following the opening of a major development project yesterday.
It is a pioneer school in the Kairuku District which had served the Central and the Gulf Provinces; however, it had deteriorated after many years of neglect.
An Australian Aid project through the Incentive Fund has not only remodelled the school, but will give it a new status.
On Tuesday, the school welcomed the opening of the long awaited K9.7 million - Mainohana Development Project.
Present at the opening was Health Minister Michael Malabag, former Minister for Education and Kairuku-Hiri MP Paru Aihi, Goilala MP Daniel Mona, Catholic Church Archdiocese Bishop Rokus Tatamai, and Head of Australian Aid in PNG Stuart Schafer.
The project covers a new six classroom double story building, new male dormitories and ablution blocks, trade classrooms and workshops, septic tanks, new fencing and footpaths.
Father Brian Cahill, Vicar for Education of the Bereina Diocese, said this will give more opportunity for school leavers.
Former Minister and MP, Paru Aihi, commended the church in securing this development and thanked the partners for revitalizing the school which had a long history.
The project is part of over 120 million kina in education projects carried out around out nationwide through the incentive fund.
Head of AusAID in PNG Stuart Schafer said this was a gift from the Australian people.
“We have a strong commitment to support education…it’s a priority we share with the Papua New Guinea Government in our partnership for development,” he said.
Representing the NEC, Minister Michael Malabag said the current Government is committed to education and announced a K500 thousand grant to the school.
The party was then taken for the official ribbon cutting, followed by an inspection of the new facilities.
It is said the new infrastructure will enhance education and employment opportunities for the people of Central province and the surrounding provinces. . EMTV