Malapoa College Acting Principal, Shem Simon, says the College has applied for a total of Vt16 million under the Cyclone Recovery Programme, to renovate the top ancient classrooms of the country’s top academic institution but the request has gone unanswered by the Government to this day.
The Acting Principal made the admission while welcoming a Reserve Bank of Vanuatu high-ranking delegation into the open hall this week, to hand over the key to one classroom it repaired for Vt700,000.
Many of the Reserve Bank Officers used to study at Malapoa College. Today, however, the Assembly Hall does not bear the pride of the top academic institution that it once enjoyed.
Instead of fresh breeze blowing through proper window screens it once had, the current spaces above where the windows used to be are protected by loose overhanging black plastic which wave to and fro in the breeze like giant wings of giant bats.
The Assembly Hall was built in 1975 and falls into the same category of eye-sore classrooms which were built more than twenty years earlier.