Finance and Education Minister James Marape has launched a school bus service in West New Britain, an initiative of Governor Sasindran Muthuvel.
This is to reduce transport problems faced by parents and to encourage punctuality.
Muthuvel says the school bus aims to encourage more students to go to school and to create an ideal learning environment.
The idea also contributes to lessen the burden of having children being bullied or neglected by PMVs, especially during peak hours when priority is given to the working class.
He says the school buses are an initiative that coincides with the national policy and the 2014 theme of “Quality Teaching, Quality Learning to make a difference in Schools” and it is part of the West New Britain Government’s contribution to ensure that policy becomes a reality.
He thanked the O’Neill-Dion Government for the initiative of the Provincial Support Improvement Program (PSIP), which is the funding that was used to purchase the school busses.
He says with the high number of students getting on the bus, his government will look at purchasing two school buses from National Capital District Commission.
Muthuvel challenged all teachers to perform to their best of their ability to ensure the provincial academic status improves this year to a compatible standard.
“We must restore our former glory, especially at the secondary school level,” he said.
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