East Sepik Governor Sir Michael Somare has assured Passam National High School, near Wewak, of his continued support.
He made that known during a visit to the school on the invitation of the provincial education adviser, Joseph Auli on Tuesday.
The school is one of the premier high schools in PNG but suffered a serious arson attack and has been closed since June, 2011.
Sir Michael thanked outgoing principal Theresea Dingu for her part in organising the reconstruction of the new administration block and other buildings lost in the fire.
He was happy to see that classes had resumed despite the small number of intake this year.
The school has a capacity of 500. It has 87 boarders.
Headmaster Raymond Bakavi indicated the school would be taking in day students.
He said male dormitories would have to be rebuilt before more boarders could be accepted.
Sir Michael told teachers and staff that he had been briefed by the provincial education adviser on the work that was being done.
“I encourage the staff to continue the restoration work.
“Passam is an important school institution in the province and the country as it takes in students from around PNG.
“I have supported PNHS over the years and will continue to support it well into the future.
“I look forward to the increased number of students and would like to see a better relationship being established between students, administration and the surrounding villages of Passam,” Sir Michael said.
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