PARENTS URGED TO PICK AND DROP OFF CHILDREN AT SCHOOL

"Koki Primary School Head Teacher Mrs Margarete Mero stressed this after a grade 8 student of the school was nearly kidnapped at Boroko, who later reported the matter to the school yesterday."

Parents of students have been urged to drop off and pick up their children from school following the growing concern on the reports of kidnappings in the Nation’s Capital.

Koki Primary School Head Teacher Mrs Margarete Mero stressed this after a grade 8 student of the school was nearly kidnapped at Boroko, who later reported the matter to the school yesterday.  

Mrs Mero said the matter was reported to Badili Police Station yesterday.This news station confirmed with Badili police on the incident.  

Mrs Mero stressed that safety is priority for students in school.

“We were hearing rumors of kidnappings and we didn’t really believe it,but when the incident happened to one our students, we believe it now”, said Mrs Mero.

The school was suspended yesterday and students sent home following this incident.

“The students were informed that they should go home immediately; remain at home with their parents until further notice”,

“It’s now up to the parents to decide for them (Students) to come to school for safety reasons”,

“If they (parents) insist on the children to come to school, they must come the students because this incident was real evidence from a particular student, it’s not safe”, stressed Mrs Mero.  

She said the school reached out to the District Education Office on the probability of suspending classes and were told by the officers that;

“Whatever the situation is, you have at the school for children’s safety reasons, whatever decision you make, you do so”, she said.  

Meanwhile, classes this week for students will depend on the attendance of students given the reports of kidnappings in NCD.  

Mrs Mero said the school has reached out to communities in Moresby South;Badili and Kone Police are to work together for the safety of students.  

Deputy Police Commissioner for Operations Jim Andrews stressed the need to have awareness’s in schools when asked about the reports of school students been targeted as prime targets of this incidents.

He has again appealed to communities, schools and the police to work together in curbing the incidents.

 

By Tom KILAVI
April 30, 2019