The Kalia clan of Wakumale village, which owns the school land, is demanding 150-thousand Kina and 100 live pigs, from the Sakare clan of Liop village in the Laiagaim district, and the provincial government over the killing of a Kalia clansman on the school grounds last year.
A Kalia community leader, John Yombon says, the Office of Mekim Save court system under the Law and Order Division, had ordered the Sakale clan and other parties to settle the compensation demand by December the 28th 2012, however nothing was forthcoming, resulting in the frustrated landowners shutting the gate of the school on Monday.
A government delegation yesterday failed to get the Kalia landowners to open the school gate.
The government delegation consisting of Deputy Provincial Administrator Social Services Joel Kisu and Lower Kuda advisor Nelson Lea appealed to the clans to open the gate before the school should resume its 2013 academic year.
The government officials told the clan that they will take the issue up with the Enga Governor Peter Ipatas and the Enga Provincial Administrator Dr.Samson Amean, because the two leaders who were away from the province.
However Kalia clan leaders repeatedly say it would be more appropriate for them to talk face with the two leaders before they open the school gate.
Enga police try to despatch the landowners to clear the school gate, however the teachers told the police personnel not to do that as the school is located outside of Wabag and is well protected by the Kalia clan.