Oksapmin Secondary School infrastructure project pushes ahead

A top performing District in secondary education will soon be enrolling more students when its infrastructure development project is completed.

The Oksapmin Secondary School project will see additional classrooms and other facilities built, enabling more students from the 14 feeder primary schools in the Oksapmin LLG enroll for Grade 9 in 2021.

The second phase of the project was launched last December and witnessed by representatives of Ok Tedi Mining Limited, local MP and Forest Minister Hon. Solan Mirisim, and community stakeholders.

One critical partner in this project is Tekin Primary School, a feeder school that supports social and educational development of Oksapmin Secondary School administration and its student body.

Tekin Primary School Head Teacher Mr. Simon Nimyon said due to space limitations, Oksapmin currently only accepts 50 to 60 students per year, meaning only the top 5% of Grade 8 students from the feeder primary schools make it to Grade 9.

He said the completion of the project would allow many potential students who miss out, to find spaces and contribute to maintaining the school’s current status of topping the 2019 National Grade 10 Examinations.

“The number of students from Tekin Primary that have progressed to Oksapmin Secondary has steadily grown and the completion of the project will allow for more students to enroll.”

“Currently the number of students to be selected depends on the space available as Oksapmin Secondary is still operating alongside Tekin Primary.

27-year-old Susanne Elit graduated from Oksapmin High School in 2008 as one of the pioneering students originally from Kusanap Village, Tekin, Telefomin District.

She is currently employed by OTML as a Short Term Mine Planning Engineer.

She said improvement of infrastructure under the current project in the school will complement the school’s current high performance level giving credit to Tekin Primary School.

“Currently the number of students to be selected depends on the space available as Oksapmin Secondary is still operating alongside Tekin Primary.

This means, only above average students have the chance of continuing their education while the rest being left out, not because they can’t perform, but because there is just not enough space.

Therefore, upgrading the school facilities and infrastructure will solve these main issues being faced by Oksapmin Secondary which is also affecting their learning.”

The OTDF Infrastructure Department team supported the project with logistics and manpower to see it reach its half way mark.

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