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There is a growing line of cars outside Al-Taqwa College in Truganina where families are queueing to be tested.

Fatima Jawad and her sons Khaled, year 4, and Mohammed, prep, are waiting outside the gates of Al-Taqwa College. A testing station has been constructed on the school grounds this morning.

Al-Taqwa College in Melbourne’s west. Credit:Wayne Taylor

The boys both attend the school.

Ms Jawad said she felt bad for the students, who have been caught up in a COVID-19 outbreak again and forced to miss more class-time. The college closed for an extended period last year, when more than 150 staff and student tested positive to the virus in one of the worst clusters the state experienced.

“It’s the second time and they’ve been missing a lot [of school], it’s not fair for the kids, they missed a lot last year,” Ms Jawad said.


But she praised the school’s handling of the pandemic, saying they had just been unlucky, despite doing daily temperature checks of students and enforcing mask wearing for students aged 12 and older.

“The school’s been doing everything well,” she said, adding that the school had moved quickly when word got out that a teacher had tested positive.

“I think it’ll be OK because they straight away closed the school; as soon as they knew they shut it down here.”

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