Education Ministry to investigate possible breach claims
June 20, 2019 10:30 am
A day after FBC News revealed that a stop-work order has been issued for the WG Friendship Plaza in Suva, the Education Ministry has also now become involved.
The construction of the Plaza has been brought to a halt after the building structure is said to have encroached into the boundary of Holy Trinity Anglican Primary School.
And today, FBC approached the Education Minister, Rosy Akbar on claims that the construction has also breached the school’s environment, which includes students.
There have been accusations thrown by the school that the workers employed to construct this sky scrapper, have put students at risk.
This includes unethical dress code by the workers in view of the students.
“I haven’t been able to get in touch either with the head teacher or the management but my team at the headquarters has been alerted and we’re looking into this issue. I guess you mention about how the workers are roaming freely around etc. – it’s not going too well with the school community so that’s something the team will go back and talk to the head of school and come back.”
Minister Akbar says she will not let the matter lie, if the claims turn out to be true.
“If what you said to me is what’s been happening in terms of the movement and the attitude of the workers knowing that there’s a school nearby and what you’ve said about the dress code etc. I would see it as very inappropriate but like I said I am not aware of the finer details of that.”
The school has also raised issues about the noise level from the construction which has hindered students during class time.
The stop work order was issued recently and the company has been given a week to clear debris before a total shutdown of all works at the site.
The school has also informed us that the matter is before the court.