WEWAK MP Jim Simatab has committed K50,000 to help improve Vokeo Island Primary School infrastructure next year.
Considered as one of the isolated schools, it has not changed much in the past two decades but Simatab is optimistic that if the money reaches them quickly enough, they can build a classroom or teacher’s house at the start of the next school year.
Simatab, the Correctional Service Minister, made the commitment during the opening of a dormitory to accommodate girls who struggle to get to school each day from the other end of the island.
He thanked the school’s management and parents for taking the initiative to house female students because of risks involved with paddling canoes during windy weather and crossing the rocky and mountainous island each day.
Simatab committed a boat for the school which he will present together with the money before the school starts next year.
Landowners of the neighbouring Koil Island Primary School, east of Vokeo, will receive a boat in appreciation for sharing their land with the school.
Simatab, who visited Koil Island, reconciled with families of four men who perished in rough seas while transporting school material from Wewak to the island by dinghy.
He sympathised with the families of the missing people and gave them K1,000 each to help build their lives.
Papua New Guinea education news services
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