Managing Director of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company, JUTC, Paul Abrahams say there’s serious need for a dedicated school bus service.
Abrahams says this is the only way to tackle challenges related to school transportation.
Abrahams was speaking Thursday on Nationwide at Five regarding the state-owned entity’s preparations for the upcoming school year.
The JUTC will be rolling out more than 300 buses to meet the expected demand for the academic term.
To accomplish this it took several buses off the road for rehabilitation as a strategic reserve.
President of the Jamaica Association of Principals of Secondary Schools, Linvern Wright, joined the call for a bus service dedicated to students.
He says transportation or the lack thereof has a direct impact on learning outcomes.
Wright says the government should also consider providing greater transport assistance for students in rural areas who do not directly benefit from the JUTC service.
Linvern Wright, President of the Jamaica Association of Principals of Secondary Schools.