PNG SCHOOL OFFICIALS ROBBED IN LAE

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Feb. 17) – The chairman of Situm Primary School, Felix Kwaunga, was held up on Tuesday with the school’s deputy headmaster and the board treasurer.

Headmaster Thomas Keku said the three were robbed of K220 (US$70) cash and a K607 (US$194) check all belonging to the school, which is located outside Lae.

He said the three men were on their way to Lae to purchase school materials when the incident happened near the Malahang Industrial Centre.

Keku told The National that the incident had been reported to police and the bank also informed of the theft of the check.

Situm is the largest school in the Nawae electorate with a total enrolment of 658 students. It has 19 staff members.

The holdup took place during broad day light at the same spot where a senior manager with the Lae Biscuit Company was shot dead late last year.

February 18, 2005

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