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Parents Demand Safe School Bus Plan

Officials from the Yangon Institute of Education and parents of students at the Teacher’s Training Centre High School in Kamaryut Township discussed the Yangon Region government’s school bus plan on May 8.

Dr Pyone Pyone Aung, vice-dean at the institute who attended the regional cabinet’s meeting with teachers from 26 Yangon schools on April 25, presided the meeting and answered the parents’ questions.

Dr Sinn Theingi, a mother, said: “We want a detailed, convincing plan before it is put into practice. For example, is there a plan B if the plan A doesn’t work? When a school bus breaks down, there must be another ready.”

She pointed out the safety of the children was a priority, hinting to reports of child sexual abuses.

“I have a daughter so I worry more than the others. From my point we need a convincing plan. Moreover, there is congestion every day.”

Pyone Pyone Aung replied: “You have nothing to worry about because one-thirds of the students commute by school bus. They [government officials] said they would take the example of the systems in foreign countries such as South Korea and guaranteed the students’ safety. They said they would train the drivers and bus conductors. The CCTVs and GPS would be installed in the buses and in schools.”

The school bus plan is supposed to reduce traffic jams during the school hours and “educate children to stand on their own feet,”according to the regional government.

Thirty per cent of the plan is due to be initiated from the academic year 2017-18, beginning in June, and the plan is expected to be completed in December.

 

Source: Eleven Myanmar

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