Schools remain open, despite crippling bus strike

Minister of Education Ronald Jones says Government schools remain open, despite this morning’s crippling strike by bus drivers that has grounded the operations of the state-run Transport Board.

The action, which took commuters by surprise, has dislocated hundreds of people, including scores of school children.

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Among the affected students are those currently sitting CXC and CAPE examinations.

Saying that he did not want to send mixed messages, Jones told reporters that schools would remain open today despite the current absence of buses to shuttle the students to their classes.  The Ministry has however decided that students doing regional exams can go to the nearest exam centre.

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The bus drivers have been off the job since five  this morning.

Spokesman Neville Kirton has raised concern about hiring practices at the Board. He also said there were a number of other grievances, pointing out the workers were eager to be off the job since yesterday, but had decided to give way to primary school students sitting their Common Entrance examinations.

 

2 Responses to Schools remain open, despite crippling bus strike

  1. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte May 6, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Ok …. most children get to school by the TB buses. Why? because it’s a free ride. It’s mid week, month end gone .. some people aint ge a penny … so ya cant get mini van and some mini vans dont populate some routes.

    Will parents set they children/wards out there with uncertianity as to how they will get there and back?

    The few that get there by other means would have an advantage over the others who may not make. hmmmmmmmmmmmm

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  2. Tony Webster May 6, 2015 at 9:31 am

    The earth moves, trembles, and groans . I feel another “Let not your hearts be troubled” olympic statement…is on the way. Yes, from on high. Signs and wonders? Or wanderings?
    What next Lord? Little Green Men landing in Bim next week? Sorry, I’m overlooking de Budget excitement. That should make for a good shake…or shake-down. Leave de li’l Green Men for next month.

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