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Transport problem affects students

Luke Rawalai
Thursday, February 20, 2014

ABOUT 15 students of a Labasa Secondary School missed morning classes yesterday because of public transport problems.

The students, who wished to remain anonymous, said when they got on the bus about 8am at the bus stand in town, the driver told them to get off.

"It is our normal school bus every day and when we got in, the driver told us to get off because it was not our bus. So we got off and waited at the bus stand for another bus," a student said.

The children said while they were offloaded, other members of the public were allowed into the bus.

"We waited from 7.30am and our school bus usually comes at 7:45am or earlier. But this morning (yesterday) it did not come on time and when it arrived the driver refused to allow us on board."

Parmod Buses Company executive Edwin Chand said they were aware of the matter.

Mr Chand said the bus had broken down and the children were asked to get off while it returned to the garage where a punctured tyre was changed.

"The bus driver had taken in passengers staying along the route to the bus garage because we are aware that another bus was later arranged to transport the children to their schools," he said.