More than 200 candidates have already been registered at the new school and according to the Education Coordinator in the Catholic Diocese of Torit Fr. Peter Pual Amayo, the establishment of the school has been an initiative of the late Bishop Johnson Akio Mutek.
He says that the state government granted the Diocese a permission at the request of late Bishop Akio to establish the secondary school at the St Peter and Paul Catholic Parish in Torit town to enable access to education in the state.
The education coordinator also discloses that the school which has started with a senior one class of three streams of 50 students each is expected to expand.
Fr. Amayo appeals to parents, civil society and the community to support education of their children by offering the needed requirements to make learning conditions better for the students.
The state ministry of education sets the entry requirements and also conducts registration of students.
He says that Saints Peter and Paul secondary school has started classes at Torit Technical Institute as the diocese lobbies for more funds to construction permanent infrastructure for the institution.
The rector of St. Mary’s Minor Seminary Fr. Arkangelo Lokoro is the acting head teacher of the just established school which now becomes the fifth post primary school institution established by the Catholic Diocese of Torit in Eastern Equatoria state.
Others post primary schools founded by the Catholic Diocese of Torit include St. Mathew Girls’ Secondary in Ikotos and St. Augustine in Isohe of Ikwoto County, St. Bakhita-Narus Secondary School in Kapoeta East County and St. Mary Minor Seminary School in Torit town.
The State Education managers have strongly welcomed and appreciated the efforts by the diocese management as it boosts the state to accommodate its increasing number of primary school leavers each year.
They disclose that this year alone, there is a fear for the Ministry to accommodate seriously growing population of Primary leavers in the state owing to a few number of secondary schools in the state.