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Students walk home

Salaseini Moceiwai
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

WALKING home after school for about two hours is becoming a daily struggle for about 100 students in the Seaqaqa District in Macuata as a result of lack of transport.

The situation is worrying parents who claim their children sometimes reach home after 6pm.

The students from Vucitoka Settlement, Natua, Tadradave Forestry Station and Navesidrua Village have no choice but to walk.

Speaking on behalf of the parents at the recent Macuata Provincial Council meeting, district representative Sailosi Turaga said they had made requests to authorities responsible for a school bus or a rural service licensed vehicle to service the area at least in the afternoon.

"When the buses travelling from Labasa reach Seaqaqa, it's usually full and when this happens, students have no other choice but to walk," he said.

"There are usually two buses and one is at 4.30pm and the other one arrives at around 5pm.

"When they are both full, students walk and most of them arrive home at night.

"Most of the students are in Year One, Two and Three and it's really dangerous for them to walk for miles. We don't know what might happen to them out there.

"We have already requested the authorities responsible to look into the matter and assist us accordingly because we don't want our children suffering like this.

"Their school work can be affected if they continue to encounter such a situation."

Responding to the concerns, acting divisional planning officer Northern Uraia Rainima said they would look into the matter.

LTA spokesman Iliesa Sokia said they were not aware, however, he had advised the villagers to visit their office in Labasa.


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