Minister issues ‘joyride’ warning

Minister of Education, Ronald Jones has issued an edict that the days of school children joyriding for free on Transport Board buses are numbered.

In fact, he says every effort will be made to ensure incidences of bullying, incidences of bad behaviour and the incidence of children not coming to school on time are reduced.

“When I hear in the media that the school children come to school at 9:30 am . . . I’m going to tell the children this and we are hopefully going to look to implement it.  This country pays a heavy price for education.  High.  Substantial.  We put in place in 2008, a free bus fare system.  [It is costing us] six point something million dollars a year.” he said.

“Bus hopping must cease, and therefore, I hope, with the support of Cabinet, coming soon we are going to give you a deadline when you can take the public transport system otherwise you are going to have to pay.  You’re going to have to pay.  I’m serious,” he said to thunderous applause by the audience attending the launch of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Programme at the Hilton Barbados.

“Mock sport is foolish sport.  Get to school.  It [is] too costly an endeavour.  So as we say that by a quarter to nine or nine, we have not settled on a definitive time, you must be in school settling down, getting something in your head.  If you take the bus after that, pull out the $2.  That will not be subsidized.  If Transport Board charge $3, you pay it,” the minister stressed as he urged parents to “push their children” to get to school on time.

Jones noted that the time had come for them to be responsible and, stop playing around, as there was too much of that happening currently.

“Get serious.  That will be coming on stream shortly.  We will give you enough notice.  This is the first notice,” he said.

10 Responses to Minister issues ‘joyride’ warning

  1. Pauline Lowe
    Pauline Lowe February 4, 2014 at 6:45 am

    If the children were paying bus fare it would be no joyride plus parents have to talk to their children about a good solid education

  2. Renny Johnson
    Renny Johnson February 4, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Good, about time bim started coming into the 21st century

  3. Bentley Williams
    Bentley Williams February 4, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Problem is if they go back to children paying bus fare it’s gonna have an even harder impact on those families affected by layoffs both in government and the private sector. Ain’t no turning back from this one now… grave already dug!

  4. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha February 4, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Well the govt must stop trying to turn water intp wine and ler the chips fall with the youtha….cuz alot go to school waste time and then come back anfd stress ppl out to help them to be successful and suppprt theirany kids…the samge govt who gives u somewhat free eucation has to find a job for u or help with houses or support ur ….no returns in investment means they alwats outing money….

  5. David E Hall
    David E Hall February 4, 2014 at 8:51 am

    The days of overweight DLP politicians joyriding on the backs of Barbadians are also numbered.

  6. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua February 4, 2014 at 9:13 am

    This is the best thing I have heard come out of your mouth since you became minister….and I hope it’s not all talk..and those unruly disgusting school men and women will see what time of day is really is…they bore you to catch a’re trying to get to work,..then they hop off the bus at the first stop… to do that crap all over again..after 9 .0 clock..I personally would charge them 5$ out of the 50$ that they have in they pockets..

  7. Julia Whitehall
    Julia Whitehall February 4, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Anytime you offer people anything free expected abuse of the system.What did they really expect when they said free bus fares for all school children?

  8. Mac10 February 5, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Is the Minister suggesting that the bus fares will be going up???

    I don;t doubt some children play the fool on their way to school but before you punish the child, can you make sure the buses run on time so that the child from Christ Church who goes to school in St. Thomas can get there in a timely fashion before being penalised.


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