26th May 10:02 PM
Arrangements to be made by Education Ministry after dorm fire in ACS this morning
By Semi Turaga
Monday 11/03/2019
Fire at ACS dormitory early this morning [Photo: Alka V Singh/Facebook]

Arrangements are being made by the Education Ministry to replace the belongings of 17 students affected by the fire this morning at the 19-bed dormitory at Adi Cakobau School in Sawani.

Permanent Secretary for Education Allison Burchell says clothing, toiletries and beddings will be purchased this afternoon from the Free Education Grant.

Permanent Secretary for Education Allison Burchell

Burchell says counselling may be required and is being coordinated by the Substance Abuse Advisory Council.

She says some students, who are able, have volunteered to move home and attend as a day student while the others will share space in the remaining dormitories for the time being.

Burchell adds that other students who live close to the school but who are currently boarders will be approached to move home to provide space in dormitories for those whose parents are in the islands or in areas far from the school.

She also confirms that the uniform supplier for ACS has offered each student a replacement uniform at no cost.

The National Fire Authority confirms the dormitory was empty when the fire started and all students were accounted for.

Firefighters responded to a call at 8.30 this morning and stopped it from spreading to nearby buildings.

The cause of the fire as well as the circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated.

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