SOGERI National High School in Central, one of the oldest schools in the country, celebrated its 70 year anniversary last week.
It turned into a double celebration with the opening of new buildings commissioned by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.
East Sepik Governor and pioneer student Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, a former Prime Minister, headed the anniversary reunion celebrations and committed K300,000 for a library.
The school began in 1944 as Reconstruction Training Centre (RTC), eventually becoming a high school.
Described by Sir Michael as “the school that shaped the nation”, it had come a long way despite challenges, producing many elites of Papua New Guinea.
“I came to this place in 1956 to train as a teacher and went out. This school is an old school but it made history for this country,” Sir Michael said.
He challenged those who had passed out from the school to write a book telling of the school’s infant stages.
School principal Benny Rayapan thanked former and current students, saying that the event allows them to mingle and learn from each other.
He said under the Governments Vision 2050, the school would develop into a School of Excellence.
The government’s funding of more than K10 million to the school saw the completion of a new administration block, school library, science blocks and two double storey dormitories for male and female students, a museum, an auditorium and teachers’ houses.
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