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Parents Raise Concerns About Conduct Of Drivers

Road safety was the centre of discussion during the Northern education forum at Labasa Civic yesterday. Viliame Bulilevu, a parent of Ahmadiyya Muslim Secondary School from Dreketi in the Province
04 Aug 2016 11:30
Parents Raise Concerns About Conduct Of Drivers
Teachers at the Education Forum in Labasa. Photo: Shratika Naidu.

Road safety was the centre of discussion during the Northern education forum at Labasa Civic yesterday.

Viliame Bulilevu, a parent of Ahmadiyya Muslim Secondary School from Dreketi in the Province of Macuata complained about bus drivers’ inappropriate behaviour.

“I have seen that bus drivers are more concerned about collecting tickets from students than about their safety,” Mr Bulilevu told Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy.

“The bus moves fast even while the students are making their way to find a seat.

I hope the Lands Transport Authority can look into this.

Mr Reddy said: “Work on something like a working manual for bus drivers on how they should conduct themselves when picking and dropping school students.

“I know there are some drivers who are least bothered when children cross right in front of their bus and they don’t know what is coming from behind.”

When Fiji Sun contacted the Fiji Bus Operators Association president Parmod Chand, we were informed that he was out of the country and would return after two weeks.

Meanwhile, another concerned parent, Ajesh Nair informed Mr Reddy that there were many faded zebra crossings near the schools in Labasa.

“The paintings on zebra crossings are washed out and sometimes the traffic officers stand on the crossing without white gloves and reflectors,” Mr Nair said.

Sometimes passing cane trucks poses a threat to students while standing on footpath to cross.”

Bulileka advisory councillor, Premila Prasad requested Mr Reddy if the ministry can tarseal the road infront of Bulileka Primary School in Labasa.

“This road is so dusty that students’ uniforms are soiled and the water inside the tanks near the road gets contaminated,” Ms Prasad said.

Lands Transport Authority Northern regional manager Alfred Wiliame questioned Mr Reddy if his ministry had any plans for road safety to be addressed in schools.

“We do have basic education on road safety at primary school level,” Mr Reddy said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

 

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