By WATSON GABANA
He revealed this whilst delivering 104 desks to Hohola Demonstration Primary School last Thursday. The desks valued at K31,000 were handed over to the school in a short presentation at the school ground. They were purchased through his District Services Improvement Program funds approved by the Joint District Budget Priorities Committee (JDBPC) last November.
Sir Mekere said that more than 5,000 desks would be presented to schools who have requested for his assistance. The JDBPC approved K1.5 million to purchase 5,000 desks for schools in the member's electorate. Hohola Demonstration became the first recipient of this educational assistance this week.
Other schools that will receive similar assistance will be St Paul's Primary, Morata Primary, Boreboa Primary, Carr Memorial Adventist, Sacred Heart Elementary & Primary, Kay Primary, June Valley, Eki Vaki, Waigani, St Michaels, Ted Diro, Ororo, Tokarara, St John's Primary and Red Cross Special Educational School.
"I want to see every child in my electorate to have a desk. Education is the future of this country and our children deserve decent learning environment. Education is my priority," Sir Mekere said.
"My plan is also to build more teachers' houses, classrooms and ablution blocks for identified schools in the electorate," the opposition leaders said.
"A plan to secure K8 million from an outside source will cater for this," he said.
He said education was the most important investment and urged the students to work hard.
"You owe it to your parents and yourselves to work hard. You have a very long way to go but step by step," he said.
Head girl, Ethel Doruba and head teacher Homoka Boge commended Sir Mekere for taking time off from his busy schedule to make the presentations.