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STU suggests simple needs survey before introducing free school bus services
Posted on : 08 Nov 2019  Source of News: The Borneo Post

STU suggests simple needs survey before introducing free school bus services POSTED ON NOVEMBER 7, 2019, THURSDAY AT 12:09 AM

Macky Joseph

SIBU: Sarawak Teachers Union (STU) suggests that the state government conduct a simple needs survey prior to the introduction of free school bus services in Kuching next year.

Its president Macky Joseph said this is to ensure that the free bus services can be planned to run through routes where many school children can benefit from this service.

“STU urges that such services be provided to other places in big towns like Sibu, Miri, Bintulu and also throughout the entire state,” he said yesterday.

He also suggested that safety guidelines be established to ensure school children’s safety.

“STU hopes that with the implementation of the free school bus services, the authorities providing these services must come up with some guidelines that will take care of security of the children while taking the bus,” Macky stressed.

Macky was commenting on Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s announcement that the Sarawak government will be rolling out a free school bus service next year in Kuching.

According to Abang Johari, the service will be based on the ‘hop-on hop-off concept’ where students could just board a bus at any point along a route and then hop-off at their respective schools.

“This will be our pilot initiative and will be introduced to other densely populated cities in Sarawak, when the need arises,” said Abang Johari when tabling the 2020 State Budget during the State Legislative Assembly sitting on Monday.

On this, Macky said: “STU applauds the state government for introducing the free school bus services in Kuching next year.

“The service would certainly ease the financial burden of low-income families working in the urban areas.”