Many children who attend school in rural areas depend on the public transportation to take them home after school. In some instances, however, the Ministry of Education makes arrangement with a Bus Operator to transport the children to and from school.
The St Margaret Mary Primary School in St Margaret’s village in the Cayo District sits on the Hummingbird Highway, and 60 of its students are ferried to and from school by a Ministry of Education Contracted Bus owned by Sergio Chuc, who also owns Westline Bus Service.
According to the School’s Administrators, the contracted School bus has been coming to pick up students extremely late in the evenings. This is putting the lives of the kids at risk, as some of them still need to walk a couple of miles to reach their homes in the dark of night after being dropped off.
On Friday evening, the 60 kids waited at the school until 6:15 pm, before the Chuch’s School Bus came and picked them up.
PlusNews understands that parents and teachers intend to picket the Ministry of Education in Belmopan on Monday, to get the Ministry’s attention on the situation.