Concerns are being raised this afternoon about the safety of students using public transportation in the parish of Clarendon.
The Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services, TODSS, is urging the Ministry of Transport and the Jamaica Urban Transit Company JUTC, to continue sending buses to transport students in the capital, May Pen.
Earlier this year, JUTC buses were deployed to the parish in the early phase of the Ministry’s Safe Schools Bus programme.
The President of TODDS, Edgeton Newman, says the return of the buses would help to curb the high level of indiscipline among students.
Mr. Newman says at least two buses would be helpful.
Meanwhile the MP for Central Clarendon, the JLP’s Mike Henry is accusing the Transport Ministry of politicizing the Safe Schools Bus system.
Mr. Henry says it was inevitable that acts of indiscipline by school children would rise, due to the lack of a proper transportation system.
Mr. Henry says it’s clear to him that the Simpson Miller administration does not see the safe transportation of rural area students as a priority.