Johnny Poiya; 1/9/09; (2 Items)
The future of more than 30 students from Gena attending the Kerowagi Secondary School is in jeopardy after they fled from the school following a tribal clash between the Gena and Siku tribes two weeks ago. Principal Markus Warip said the Grade 10 and 12 students were moved yesterday to the Rosary Secondary School which is away from the fighting area. Mr Warip said it was now up to the parents of the Grade nine and 11 students to decide their future. “It is up to the parents to decide whether to transfer the grade nine and 11 students out or remove them from school and let them repeat next year,” said Mr Warip.The Gena and Siku tribes were traditional enemies, having fought each other in the 1960s and 1970s.
NGO fosters violence-free society
Bola Noho; 1/9/09
Violence against children is a crime that is eating away the fabrics of all societies in Papua New Guinea (PNG), Save the Children PNG said yesterday. According to Save the Children’s communication and media officer, Catherine Mackson in Goroka, the widespread violence created an on-going cycle of violence since the children would become adults with the sense that violence was an accepted norm in society. She said in a statement on Friday that it was widespread in the country in all settings including within the family, work place, public places and other vulnerable places because being the “weaker vessels” they become the prey to adults.