MACUATA and Bua have the highest number of primary school boarders — 774 — of Fiji's nine education districts.
The statement was revealed by Education Minister Filipe Bole while opening Fiji's first infant school, Ratu Peni Neumi School, in Nakawakawa, Bua on Thursday.
"There are 110 registered primary boarding schools in Fiji and they are spread over the nine education districts including four special schools," Mr Bole said.
"A total of 4246 students are boarding in these schools with ages ranging from five to 14.
"While the Eastern Division record the highest number of primary boarding schools which is 22, the Bua and Macuata district have the highest number of boarders which is 774.
"The primary purpose of these boarding schools is to provide accommodation, meals and a learning environment to students who find it difficult to travel daily to and from their homes because of the distance and transportation problems.
"Students as young as five years old board in schools. "
Mr Bole said the boarding facilities vary considerably from school to school and supervision was mostly carried out by teachers and assisted by parents.