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Huonville Primary in Lae closed, buildings condemned, 1800 students sent home

TFF infrastructure funds have not been paid since 2013.

Mr. Vilakiva – We need help

Six classrooms at the Huonville Primary School in Lae have been condemned by the PNG Fire Service, the Health Department and the Building board for being structurally unsafe.

The closure of the school has forced more than 1800 students out of class.

The school was built in the 1960s and has seen very little maintainence over the last 20 years.

Chairman of the Parents and Citizens group, Anton Warakai, is angry with the lack of support from the government.

“We have to do something to protect our students from any danger.

“We have knocked on government doors but they’ve told us there is no money.”

The school has a redevelopment plan but the government is unable to support its implementation.

“As I speak to you now the school is suspended indefinitely.

Anton Warakai: ” The governemnt is lying to us”

“We have checked everywhere for money but there is no money. We asked the District manager yesterday and he confirmed that the district has not received any funding for infrastructure since 2013.

“This is the reality of the TFF. The governemnt is lying to us!”

The school principal Mr. Vilakiva is now asking for cash contributions per parent to build makeshift classrooms so that classes can resume.

“The governemnt is preaching propaganda to the media and the parents are being so dependant on the government,” said the school board chairman, Robin Kunai.

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