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QVSOB queries school reopening bid

Litia Cava
Monday, January 09, 2017

THE Queen Victoria School Old Boys Association (QVSOB) has strongly opposed plans by the Education Minister, Dr Mahendra Reddy to reopen QVS in the beginning of this new academic year.

QVS Old Boys Association president Anasa Vocea said concerns were raised by parents on the status of the school.

He urged the minister to reopen the school in the second term in order for proper repairs to be done first.

Mr Vocea questioned the minister on the involvement of vocational technical students in the rebuilding and the renovation of the school.

"The question that we should ask the Ministry of Education is why wait until now to award the contract for these other work knowing full well that it is necessary to have all these done to enable the school to open as scheduled on the due date," he said.

Mr Vocea questioned the ministry over its plan to increase the school roll to 1000 students this year. He said additional infrastructure would be needed to cater for students.

"Over the last few years, the board of governors, school management and the ministry have been trying very hard to reduce the school roll so that it corresponds with the available facilities."

Mr Vocea had asked the ministry that the school be opened in the second term.

Questions sent to Minister for Education Dr Mahendra Reddy on the issue remained unanswered when this edition went to press.

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