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QVS to cater for more students after construction of new dormitory

Queen Victoria School (QVS) will be able to cater for more students once the new dormitory is built by the Indonesian Defence Force personnel. Divisional Education Officer Central, Serupepeli Udre said with the new dormitory, the student numbers can increase from 715 to 1,000. UDRE: “There are 715 students but with the new buildings there […]

Salote Qalubau

July 20, 2016 12:32 pm

Queen Victoria School (QVS) will be able to cater for more students once the new dormitory is built by the Indonesian Defence Force personnel.

Minister for Women, Hon. Rosy Akbar and Indonesian Minister of Women Empowerment, Prof. Dr. Yohana Susana Yembise with the Defence Force during their visit to Queen Victoria School. (DEPTFO)
Minister for Women, Hon. Rosy Akbar and Indonesian Minister of Women Empowerment, Prof. Dr. Yohana Susana Yembise with the Defence Force during their visit to Queen Victoria School. (DEPTFO)

Divisional Education Officer Central, Serupepeli Udre said with the new dormitory, the student numbers can increase from 715 to 1,000.

UDRE: “There are 715 students but with the new buildings there will be increased capacity to almost a thousand. We have the dining hall and other quarters that needs to be repaired as well. We are looking at getting the exam classes back if things go accordingly to plans, there are local people about 25 of them who are also engaged in the rebuilding of these facilities.”

He said with the increase of students they are now trying to increase the staffing capacity as well therefore, they have converted an old workshop building into the teachers quarters.

UDRE: “Right now the Indonesian Army is carrying out construction works on the main school buildings and dormitory. They have completed the chapel and are working on the main school blocks and a double storey building that is expected to be ready by August.”

He said they are looking at getting the exam classes back if things go according to plan.

Minister for Women, Hon. Rosy Akbar and Indonesian Minister of Women Empowerment, Prof. Dr. Yohana Susana Yembise while taking a tour around the Queen Victoria School. (DEPTFO)
Minister for Women, Hon. Rosy Akbar and Indonesian Minister of Women Empowerment, Prof. Dr. Yohana Susana Yembise while taking a tour around the Queen Victoria School. (DEPTFO)

Battalion Commander for the Indonesian Contingent in Fiji, Major Arif Abdillah said the team is trying to speed up the reconstruction work.

ABDILLAHL: “There are 100 of our officers working on this project and we are also assisted by the officers from the Fiji Military Forces. The third batch of 70 officers had arrived in Fiji on June 1st and hopefully by the end of August, we will finish the reconstruction work.”

The reconstruction of QVS is expected to be completed by August.

Minister for Education Hon. Mahendra Reddy revealed in Parliament that reconstruction works for Queen Victoria School will be completed by August this year.

The Queen Victoria School chapel. (Facebook)
The renovated school chapel of Queen Victoria School. (Sitiveni Kalou/Facebook)

This was in response to a supplementary question posed by opposition member Hon. Ruveni Nadalo on the progress of reconstruction works for QVS in parliament today.

REDDY: “The government of Indonesia has decided to fund the reconstruction and there are 15 Royal military force engineers on the site and another 33 engineers from Indonesia are to arrive this week.”

“The hostel is in the process of being demolished and a double storey and two storey hostel is to be constructed.”

Indonesian Engineers at the Nausori Airport. (Facebook)
Indonesian Engineers at the Nausori Airport. (Facebook)

Hon. Reddy said the aftermath of TC Winston also saw the damage of three labs and a staff room.

REDDY: “The next phase is to construct classrooms, labs and the main administration blocks. The target Madam Speaker is to complete this by the end of August.”

Hon. Reddy said the Ministry of Education was also providing assistance to various officers stationed at the school conducting assessments.

REDDY: “The target is for classes to resume before Term 3 and we are giving students the option if they want to start school in QVS.”

Opposition member Hon.Tupou Draunidalo asked why was the reconstruction of QVS not given to the British government since the school was named after Queen Victoria.

DRAUNIDALO: “How much pieces of silver did it take to seal the government’s mouth on the issue of genocide in West Papua and why has the Government not sought the assistance from other Government’s like the British government if it required a commonwealth country to build a school named after Queen Victoria?.”

The Education Minister responded saying that Hon. Draunidalo’s question was irrelevant.

REDDY: “The Adopt a School program is open to anyone, anyone can go to the homepage, just like the Chinese students have done to the Yasawa High School.”

Meanwhile, opposition member Hon. Semesa Karavaki in his supplementary question asked why the Indonesian government was chosen to fund the reconstruction works ahead of Australia and New Zealand.

In response Hon. Reddy said that the two countries had provided a list of schools that they would assist as part of the “Adopt a School” program.

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