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Overcrowding concerns officials

Luke Rawalai
Thursday, February 06, 2014

THE Duavata Secondary School management is concerned at the overcrowding in the dormitory.

School manager Apolosi Raqio said more boarding students were yet to enrol this year but the dormitory was already full.

Mr Raqio said they faced the same problem last year and had to billet some students in teachers' quarters.

"However, this year we have been told that this practice is not allowed," Mr Raqio said.

"Now we have no other choice but to house them in teachers' quarters since the problem is serious, given the number of students still to enrol this year.

"The beds in the current dormitory are so crowded and children find it difficult during bad weather to stay in the dormitories."

Mr Raqio said most students from the Udu and Dogotuki districts were boarders at the school since their homes were far away.

Acting commissioner Northern Alipate Bolalevu said they were aware of the concern.

"The building material for the new dorms have already been shipped over to the school," he said.

"The construction works and maintenance of the old dormitories will begin this year."

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