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Schools Need To Issue Letters To Students Who Are Attending Athletics Training After School Says FBOA President

“School is over by 3.30 pm and we expect all children to have boarded their buses before 5 pm. If there are special circumstances, then I urge schools to provide these students with letters stating why they were late,” he said.
07 Feb 2020 10:21
Schools Need To Issue Letters To Students Who Are Attending Athletics Training After School Says FBOA President
The Suva Bus Station on October 21, 2019. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Schools need to issue letters to their students who would be attending athletics training after school.

This is to avoid their having to pay an adult bus fare when boarding the bus after 5 pm to get home.

This was stated by the Fiji Bus Operators Association president, Nisar Ali after concerns were raised by some parents that their children had been paying an adult fare throughout the past week after their training session.

“School is over by 3.30 pm and we expect all children to have boarded their buses before 5 pm. If there are special circumstances, then I urge schools to provide these students with letters stating why they were late,” he said.

“Because there are some students who loiter around town as well and we cannot say if they are returning from training or elsewhere.”

Parent, Salaseini Waqa said her daughter who is in Year 10 finishes her training around 5 pm.

She said, last week, her daughter had been paying an adult fare from Suva to Nausori, $1.55, and she uses a yellow card.

“This is not the government’s issued blue card. There is a time limit on the blue card, but not on the yellow card. And my child is going back home from school.”

Rusiate Verebasaga of Nakasi said: “We need an explanation on what is happening and why are the students being charged full fare,” he said.

However, he added that he understood that student fares were not applicable in the weekend. The Land Transport Authority would comment on the matter later.

Edited by Selita Bolanavanua

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