Education Ministry, on Tuesday, awarded private construction company, SJ Construction, with a MVR 74.9 million contract to construct a new building to house the Dharumavantha School located in Male’.
The contract was signed by Education Minister Dr. Aishath Ali and Director of SJ Construction Shihad Ibrahim in a ceremony at the Education Ministry headquarters in the morning.
The new building to house Dharumavantha School will be constructed on the plot of land which had housed the Male’ Prison and the plot of land next to it.
SJ Construction has been contracted to complete the project within one year.
According to Education Ministry, it expects to be able to move the students who are being taught out of the temporary building set up to house Dharumavantha School to the new building by April 2021.
The new building will have the capacity to accommodate 1,000 students, and will have 41 classrooms, each of which will be limited to accommodate no more than 25 students, said the Education Ministry.
It will also have a two-story library, designated rooms to house its staff, and additional rooms to carry out extracurricular activities.
The school will switch to a single-session school once when the new building is done.
Majeedhiya School had been divided to form Dharumavantha School in 2002. It had originally been a lower secondary school for boys, but became a co-educational school which provides both elementary and lower secondary education, along with Majeedhiya School, Ameeniya School, and Hiriya School in 2011.
Students had been moved out, after the original Dharuvantha School building was condemned for demolition, and relocated to a temporary building constructed adjacent to the government complex, Velana Building in 2016.