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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (February 25, 2002 - The National/PINA Nius Online)---Eki Vaki Primary School in Port Moresby has made a difference this year with the appointment of women as principal and chairperson of the Board of Management.

This could be a first for the nation’s capital, with women taking over the administration of an educational establishment.

Eki Vaki Primary School, located at Hohola, has an enrollment of about 1,000 children, from prep to grade eight, and 24 teachers.

The chairperson is Mrs. Janet Pat while the principal is Mrs. Emily Ricky.

"We are very proud of Mrs. Pat being the chairperson of the school," Mrs. Ricky said.

She said the chairperson was not new to the school, as she was the headmistress of the school in the 1970s.

Mrs. Ricky also won the position from her male counterparts this year.

She was at Wardstrip Primary School last year.

Mrs. Ricky said she was happy to come to Eki Vaki because the school has improved a lot in the past five years.

She thanked the former principal, Homako Boge, who had been moved to another school.

Mrs. Ricky said Mrs. Pat took over from former chairman Duri Go.

She said the school was improved under the leadership of Mr. Go.

She said with the help of her chairperson, the two women hope to carry on the good work begun by the former administration.

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