The year is 1994.

I am in Grade 8. And a young Goroka man, married to a Kerema woman gets posted to Tapini High School as a Teacher – current Tapini Sacred Heart Secondary High School with their 2 lovely children – 1 girl and 1 boy.

While in Tapini, the Asons added two other girls to the Ason Family. This couple were committed Seventh Day Adventists, I later heard, and they lived up to expectation.

The Ason Tribe
Mr Ason with cut shirt in the center, with Mrs. Ason on the right of his photo in yellow shirt. with the children in Tapini.

The typical “Apo humbleness” was so visible that even students during my time there loved this couple with no boundaries. I am confident any student that passed through Tapini would say the same about the Asons.

Their children proudly claim to be mixed raced – Goroka-Kerema-Goilala. This young Teacher climbed the ranks from a junior teacher up to Senior Subject Master during this few years (1994-1997) at Tapini High School.

Around 1998, Mr. Ason went back for further studiesl in University of Goroka. Mrs. Ason also got employed into the School as a Typist during Mr. Opa’s time as Principal (1995 – 1996). When the Asons returned in 2009, Mrs. Ason was employed as a School Bursar and got into teaching in 2013.

I left Tapini High School, for else where after 1996.

I later heard this humble couple returned to Tapini High School in 2009 as the Head Principal of Tapini SHHS until 2017.

During this time the Ason’s played a critical role in not only bringing Tapini Sacred Hheart High School up to No.1 school in Central Province accademically and remained No.1 for a couple of years straight, the Asons directly had a hand in getting approval from NDoE to seeing Tapini Sacred Hheart High School up to a Secondary School status.

Most Improved Award
Most Improved Award – Tapini Sacred Heart High School

Mr. Ason under his watch as Head Principal, tireslessly worked with Fr. Brian Cahill as the BOG Chairman and Catholic Church Agency, Bereina Diocese to see Tapini High School grow from Strenght to Strenght.

Most Improved Award - Tapini Sacred Heart
Fr. Brian on the right with School Principal Mr.Arasu Ason showing the award.

2018 will see Tapini SHSHS take in its pioneer Grade 11s.

Tapini SHSHS is Mr. Ason’s baby. The Asons helped nurtured this baby up from its early stages to its maturity stage it now enjoys.

Then come the Heart Breaking News.

2018 and onwards, the Asons wont be a part of Tapini Sacred Heart Secondary High School. Imagine what it would have been like seeing the first Grade 12s pass out from Tapini Sacred Heart Secondary High School.

It must be a career move for the Asons. Or it must be a personal family decision to resettle elsewhere in preparation for life after public service.

This is not breaking news story item as it might be considered.

This is rather my peraonal appreciation and tribute to the Asons for  these family has done for Goilala District and its people.

I am one of Mr. Ason’s students. Mr. Ason was my English, Social Science and part time Math Teacher between 1994 – 1996. And he was my Class Patron in 1996 when I was the Class Captain of Grade 10A.

Who I am today had Mr. Ason’s direct input. And for that I will forever be indebted to the Asons.

What hurts me dearly is “how comes the Ason’s leave Goilala so silently without saying GOODBYE?

Or how comes we never got to see the Ason’s off diplomatically as Melanesians?


I only hope some formal statement does come out from responsible authotities confirming this story, to help answer unanswered questions if there is any.

Silence is Golden. But also whenever there is smoke, there sure has to be a fire Burning.


Most Improved Award - Tapini Sacred Heart


Congratulations Sacred Heart (Tapini) High School on being awarded this commendation from the Secretary of Education which was given in person by the secretary to our Principal, Mr Arasu Ason at the close of Grade 11 Selections this afternoon at the Gateway Hotel.

Most Improved Award - Tapini Sacred Heart
Fr. Brian on the right with School Principal Mr.Arasu Ason showing the award.

Sacred Heart has been rated as being one of the top ten high schools on PNG.

For this year’s G11 selection 61 out of 92 students who sat the G10 exams gained selection to Grade 11 next year (66% being the highest in Central Province).

A great effort moving now into secondary status. Watch out for Sacred Heart (Tapini) Secondary for the performance our first G12 on 2019! Big thanks to Mr Ason and all the committed teachers at Sacred Heart.

Most Improved Award
Most Improved Award – Tapini Sacred Heart High School

A very proud BOG Chair.

Source: Fr. Brian Cahill‘s FB wall.


My intention in posting about this problem regarding the practice of penis injection as it has been uncovered amongst male students at Sacred Heart and Mainohana, and amongst male students attending primary schools in the Tapini area is not to put out ‘bad publicity’.

Nor is what I have reported to be misconstrued in any way as being a problem specifically concerning the male students attending Tapini schools.

This problem first came to our attention last year, and then again this year when the school authorities at Sacred Heart noticed health problems with a number of male students following sports and physical exertion (i.e., fevour, fatigue, tiredness). Medical examination at the Health Centre revealed that these students had undergone penis injection. This alerted the school administration to potentially serious problem. Subsequent medical examinations conducted by health workers on all the males students at Sacred Heart (last year and this year) uncovered the extent of this condition amongst male students.

At Sacred Heart we have students enrolled from all areas of the diocese – mountains and coast – providing a sample pool giving some indication as to the extent of this problem in the diocese, as this practice of penis injection comes out of their village, and is usually done to school boys when they are home on holidays. The data indicated that students with this condition came from nearly all the village areas in the diocese, with certain areas (Aiwarra, Ivane, Pilitu, Guari, and Mekeo) being hotspots.

Prior to this first coming to our attention last year, the school had not seen this problem of penis injection. A medical examination of the students is routinely done at the school each year. This gives some clear indication as to when this new trend of penis injection began. Moreover, since it was first noticed last year, and then again this year, the incidence was seen to have increased.

With what was uncovered at Sacred Heart in Augst, a similar medical examination of male students was undertaken at Mainohana last month revealing similar statistics.

Also, investigations were undertaken at our nearby primary schools at Tapini. These primary schools are ‘community’ schools giving a further indication of what is going on in these communities. This was not done to single out schools (and communities) in the Tapini area. It was done at these schools because of their proximity and ease of access to provide a sample pool. Medical investigations are to take place at all our primary schools in diocese early next year. I imagine a similar picture will emerge.

When this problem of penis injection first came to our attention at Sacred Heart last year, we did not act on it other than to keep it ‘ín house’ and deal with it as a discipline problem in the school. We also were inactive in providing treatment for these students, as we did not have the advice we have now or means to go about it at the time. However, when it came to our attention again this year (in August) with an alarming increase in incidence amongst male students, warning bells rang that we were dealing with a much bigger problem then what we first thought. It is not ‘in house’ but a major social problem.

The practice of men and boys in PNG injecting their penis with an oil substance has a history. I quote from advice I received from a long serving doctor in PNG, Dr Greg Law:

“The problem you describe is very common and has been so for many years. The practice started in Sandaun Province about 10 – 15 years ago and then spread through Momase and then throughout PNG. At first men from Sandaun were going across the border to get the injections in Jayapura, then bringing back various products into Sandaun and doing the injections themselves. Sadly many male health workers got involved and made quite a lot of money doing these injections at that time. All this was while I was still in NDoH. I did some corrective surgery myself and then started referring them to the surgeons / urologists. They soon became overwhelmed with the scale of the problem and the official policy for many years has been that they will not repair the damage surgically within the public health system because it uses up a huge amount of time and resources. Some surgeons are doing some reconstructions in the private hospitals and charging huge fees. It is not easy and is a pretty bloody process.

It is a huge problem nationally – even in remote parts of Bougainville and the other Islands and throughout the Highlands. I have seen many, many men and boys who can no longer have sexual intercourse because of the deformity. Just recently when I was at the City Mission Farm past Bautama doing medicals – I would say that probably 85% of them all, have had the injections. It is very common. The damage depends on how much (oil) is used and just where it is injected.

These days it is usually baby oil but I have known them to inject cooking oil, melted margarine, skin lotion, melted candle wax, coconut oil +++++++

NDoH and the surgeons are very aware of the problem.

This is such a huge problem and on such a grand scale.”

I am shocked by what I have found out since when I began to seriously investigate this problem, the extent of this problem in PNG, and the apparent indifference of health authorities to even simple preventative measures, beginning with public awareness.

I am hearing stories from our students at Sogeri NHS of the number of students there who have this problem. I am appalled by stories I heard of outsiders coming into the school (unknown to the school administration) to sell oily substances to students for penis enlargement, and doing injections on students in the dormitory.

This is not a problem confined to Sacred Heart and Mainohana. It is a problem seen in schools across the country. At our two schools I believe we have demonstrated a pastoral care for the well-being of our students and taken appropriate action to tackle the problem.

Public Awareness is urgently required stem this trend of penis injection and prevent further damage being done on boys in our communities. This is of paramount concern. This is being done by the diocese prior to students heading home for the holiday period, as this is the time when things usually happen. Posting on FB is an effective means of getting the message out there, fast.

Seen in this light, this is not ‘bad publicity’ or even ‘very bad publicity’ for our schools, buts shows a level of responsibility on the part of our school authorities that distinguishes them as being ‘schools of excellence’ where it matters most – care of students.

Fr Brian Cahill msc
Catholic Diocese of Bereina


Recently, there have been talks on social media about a practical pathway for Education in Goilala.

Tapini Station
Tapini Station

According to the Catholic Church Agency, the best pathway for Education in Goilala is “the plan we have in place now incorporates the new structure of 1-6-6 (Elementary-Primary-Secondary), and allows for the sensible, sequential building up of what is a fragile system of education in the district.”

What I understand out of this plan is there will be ONLY ONE Secondary High School in Goilala. Which will get intakes from Primary Schools in Goilala. These primary schools will get its intakes from Elementary schools where kids are prepared for Primary schools.

Without trying to ask for what type of plans Government – Provincial Education board and District Education sector – has for Education in Goilala, I personally support the Catholic Church agency with their plan.

My reasons are as follows.

[1] Catholic Agency is the sole Authority responsible for Education in Goilala.
It’s a Law. If this was to be reversed, they another Law has to be drawn up to repel the Agency ownership arrangement.

[2] Catholic Agency plan suits Goilala far better.
Goilala Community schools are known for inconsistency. The number of classes in each school is not steady. Hence the supply of Grade 7 students into Tapini is very inconsistent as well.

To cater for this, having a large number of Primary schools to choose from would help Tapini Sacred Heart High School cover and make up its numbers to ensure the student population attending Tapini SHHS is stable.

[3] Goilalas Always Dont Consider Education a Priority.
Parents in Goilala don’t prioritize education so much. That is why putting their children in School is not seen as a MUST thing to do. This is one reason why student enrollment at each school is very unpredictable.

[4] No Income generating Avenues in Goilala.
There is no money to pay for children’s school fees. This is why parents can not afford to enroll their kids in School. This act directly contributes to less student enrolled, which over 6 years results in fewer intakes into Tapini SHHS.

[5] Goilala Does not have the Population.
Goilalas populations do not warrant a second High School in Goilala. We are OK having one Secondary High School which can take in students from all Primary schools in Goilala.

Why compete against the best when all you can do is Join and be part of the BEST.

[7] Government Run Schools Breeds and Promote Corruption.
Abuse and misuse and incompetence in the public service machinery of PNG is one fact that can not be ignored if we want to ensure the Future leaders of Goilala are schooled effectively and efficiently using competent and professional teachers who abide by and are controlled by very strict Catholic Church principles and Rules and Regulations.

Other points I can add include [a] Infrastructure [b] Teacher shortage [c] Corruption within Goilala Education sector and others but I might bore you to sleep.

Let us be practical and brutal in trying to address education in Goilala.

We are fortunate to have Catholic Agency manage our Education system in Goilala. If it was run/managed by Government, and with the level of corruption we have to flourish in Government systems, we would have been producing dropouts and failures year in year out from Tapini SHHS.

Right Now, Tapini SHHS is the TOP number one ranked High School in Central Province. All because it is Managed by the Catholic Church Agency.

Give credit where its due and work with a partner that knows how to make it work and produce high-quality students.

This is my Opinion ONLY.
This does not reflect anyone but my mere opinion on Education in Goilala.
Anthony Morant.


Brian Cahill Replies to this article…

 Anthony, I have been following your post on this topic, and I am not quite sure where you are coming from and of what you appear to be accusing me of doing that lacks transparency and fairness.

With regards to sending students down to Australia from Sacred Heart High School. This is an arrangement established by Monivae College with the Catholic Parish of Tapini through its Parish Priest (who happens to be an Australian MSC) in favour of students in the Tapini area attending Sacred Heart High School. It is funded by Monivae College (which is an MSC owned school in Australia) and the Catholic Church at Tapini.

This is not an arrangement between Monivae and Sacred Heart High School. And it is not in any way funded by Sacred Heart High School.

Therefore how the Catholic Church at Tapini chooses to support particular students in this regard, or provide any form of support for particular students attending Sacred Heart High School, or other institutions for that matter through sponsorship is not the business of others. It is a private matter to do with a particular student, the student’s parents and the parish with its benefactors.

To draw a parallel, the same can be said for Kanosia students attending Sacred Heart whose fees are paid for by the Doa Rubber Plantation. Is that being unfair to other students attending Sacred Heart who are not from Kanosia, whose fees are not being paid for by the Doa Rubber Plantation?

The arrangement in place between Monivae College and the Catholic Church at Tapini for sending students down to Australia is very much dependent on me, and contingent on me. Monivae is reliant on my good judgment in selecting students for this scholarship. In doing so, I consult with others on the ground at Tapini, such as the HT of the High School. There is criterion followed for the selection of students that takes into consideration their suitability and well-being. In this, I am accountable to parents, the MSC, the Diocese and to Monivae College.

Most importantly I take on a duty of care and responsibility for the welfare for these students from my parish sent to Australia in ensuring that they are well prepared beforehand, that they have adequate and proper support structures in place while they are in Australia, and that they have support for re-entry when they return. This is not a simple job. Surely this is the main complaint coming from Central students being sent to Malaysia by the Governor.

Fr Brian Cahill msc PP

Catholic Church

Tapini High School, Goilala Central Province, Papua New Guinea


Tapini Scared Heart High School - Tapini
Sacred Heart HS is unable to provide the facility for use during the forthcoming election.

Our school will be operating one week into the voting period.
Diocesan and Education Dep policy requires us to maintain a distance and neutrality to the elections.

The school has been used and abused in the past providing for Government functions with the promise of payments that are never made.

The school will be in lock down mode during the mid-year break for students and staff to have a well-deserved break – school administration does not want to be burdened with hosting election activity.

The District Admin has an empty building at the top end of the station.

Tapini Station - Goilala District
Vehicles parked at Tapin station

My advice to the electoral team: get yourselves a gen set for power, dig yourselves some pit toilets, organize accommodation in the empty government houses on the station. Work with the CEO, Titus Girau.

Most importantly do something about the road. Good luck.

If this is too hard for you I suggest you do the counting at Goldie Barracks as per the last four elections.”

Fr Brian Cahill.


Tapini Sacred Heart High School Closed its academic year on this morning – 30th November 2016.

This is odd, most might say because it’s too early.

The school is closing early due to the fact that some of the officially sanction Public Holidays, the School Administration decided they should attend classes with the aim of closing down early at the end of the school year. Hence this result is here.

The School as was the case in the past couple of years has TOPPED the CENTRAL PROVINCE once again coming out Number One.

The academic results are satisfactory, I was told the number of students entering Sogeri National High School come 2017 stand close to 10 students. That’s Sogeri alone.

The policy still stands as it is this year. Except for additional costs which will cover PROJECT FEES, Agency Fee, Bond Fee, Boarding Requirement Fee and Uniforms.

With the unhealthy outlook of the Economy, expect some increases in most of this additional costs.

Take this is as an advice and please spread the word far and wide. So nothing comes as a surprise come 2017 academic year.

2017 STARTS.
The academic year for 2017 starts on the 30th January 2017.

Tapini SHHS stands tall amongst its peers based on the fact that the level of discipline maintained is high and everyone is expected to adhere to that or be found kicked out.

Policies such as [1]attire which is neat and tidy with acceptable dressing code, [2] no mobile devices allowed to be held by students – mobile phones, mp3 boombox players, camera, [3] Boy-Girl Relations, [4] Alcohol, [5] Drugs.

All these 5 items are Not allowed. And Zero Tolerance policy is applied.

While not blaming anyone or anything, Tapini SHHS has been directly affected by what took place at the national level of Government in our country.

Unlike others who are folding under pressure, Tapini SHHS closed its academic year on time and as expected.

Such results are rear and only the smartest, hard working, people with mission and vision deliver that according to plan and on schedule.

To achieve such results in a place like Goilala District – the least developed district in Central province – one can conclude that with GOD Almighty on our side, and guiding us, nothing is impossible.

Glory to God.

On behalf of my fellow GDDF Admin Mr. Bruce Farquharson and myself, taking up the voice of GDDF Members on this self-claimed and self-appointed District Facebook group, we say a mega, huge, gigantic and loud…


to Mr. Arasu Hayden Ason as the Principal of Tapini SHHS, and father Brian Cahill as the Chairman of the BOG, and Perai Manai as a senior member of the BOG team and Teachers and their families, support staff, security personnel, students.. and anyone i have missed out… here..




In a layman’s language, Secondary Education is a level in our education system where one is prepared for University Education. More so Tertiary education.

And in any University system, in the country or overseas, the brightest, well prepared, fully equipped students converged in one place.

And while they are competing against the system to survive each semester in a University, there is a high chance for these students been measured against each other.

The last thing we would want to happen is to get “ill-prepared, half-baked, below par performing students into any University and realize they will survive the first semester of their first year and drop out because they can’t get passed that first semester – FLUNKED!

If I was the MP, and maybe if I was in charge of Diocese of Bereina, I would suggest this as a way forward.

[1] Make Submission upgrade (a) St. Peter ToRot Primary school, (b) Fatima Primary School, (c) Sopu Primary School, (d) Tolokuma Primary Schools & (e) Yongai Primary School to TOP UP – taking in grades 7 & 8. [in the first year]

[2]. With 6 TOP UP schools now in operation in Goilala, I would push to have St Peter ToRot, Fatima and Tolokuma upgraded to “DAY HIGH SCHOOLs” – taking in Grades 9 – 10 [in the second year].

[3] With St Peter ToRot and Fatima, with Tolokuma made Day High School, I would push to have Omu/Rupila and Kone Bridge, and Mondo Primary Schools become TOP UP to cover the void created by the DAY HIGH SCHOOLs promotions.[in the second year – runs parallel to option 2.]

[4] I would ensure Woitape Vocational Centre is Open and make Submissions upgrade that to a Technical College. In preparation to take in drop outs from a District Secondary School if there does exists one. [in the 3rd year]

[5] Make Submissions upgrade Tapini Sacred Heart High School to a SECONDARY HIGH SCHOOL.

[6] Make it mandatory for all dropouts from Tapini Sacred Heart Secondary High School to get enrolled into Woitape Technical college

Back in my Grade 5, my Teacher Mr. Kevin Javia [father of brother Francis Javia ] challenged me and my class in Sopu Comunity school.

“When you finish from Sopu, if you are successful, you end up in Tapini, where Goilala’s brightest students across the District will gather. You need to be smart and clever to get passed Tapini High School [then]

After Tapini, if you are smart and bright, you end up in a National High school – Sogeri. That is where Central Province’s finest and brightest will get selected too. There won’t be room for monkey games there.

If you still survive Sogeri, you get to UPNG, that is where the Nation’s brightest are selected to. You will have no time for monkey games.

If you are not alert, if you are not prepared, if you are lazy, if you are ill-prepared, you will get smoked out along the way.

Get serious now, if you want to be that student standing up there amongst the Nation’s best after 4 years at UPNG to receive your scroll from the Chancellor of UPNG” – Mr. Kevin Javia.

I would hate to see Goilala students going to University and Tertiary colleges to be slaughtered by the system, and be filtered and rejected on arrival.


A Ten million kina submission for Tapini SHHS to be upgraded to Secondary school knocked back due to concerned stakeholders not committing their share for COUNTERPART FUNDING.

And I believe that this is the first time a submission of such forwarded by Bereina Dioceses Project office was overlooked.

This is a total let down for District and the Agency because of Government of the day including the Provincial, District, and the Prime Minister’s office.

Information from a close source of Diocese project office stated that our school submission was in the final list for funding but dropped.

If only we had that 20percent of the ten million we would have the first Grade Eleven next year 2017.
Source: Post by Albert Alex Kaita  on Goilala District Discussion Forum Facebook group.

Photos provided by Martin Au of Tapini Sacred Heart High School



Grade 10 students of Sacred Heart High School with firewood for their kitchen. El Nino has affected the water that powers their hydro that it is necessary to cook their food with the wood fuel. – Photos and Words Credit: Father Casmiro Kito Msc.

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