The children and their bags are filled in the vehicle like the cattle or goods are being transported. The children should have peace to concentrate on their studies. They are put to horrible inconveniences before their reaching the school and after the school day is over. Both the times are important to them. When they reach school, if they are fresh they can concentrate better in their lessons at school and revisions at home.
The parents, the school authorities and the transport authorities and the police are all turning blind eye to this fact.It is high time the Government become strict in this matter and curb this dangerous nuisance.
Ramanathan A R
In Kerala, schools are mushrooming in each and every corner. Government owned schools, Aided schools and un-aided schools. At the same time the number children joining schools are reducing year after year. This year there is reduction of 17,076 students in Ernakulam district alone.(Last year the the total number of students were 3,35,887 while this year it is 3,18,811) The reason for reduction is evidently due to reduction in birth rate.
Because of this tendency the school owners are competing to get more children to their respective schools. Very often the physical facilities, such as transportation facilities, may not be there in most of the schools. At the same time if they don't provide transport, the neighbouring school will pick up these students providing transport. There also not much facility will be there, but still they start packing and transporting.
Maintaining a bus in the school involve lot of expenditure. Two employees, a driver and an attender, are minimum needed. They have to be paid every month. The diesel charge will have to be met every day.
Ever year maintenance work has to be carried out and license renewed. RTO will have to be satisfied with the condition of the bus before the bus is taken to road on the reopening day.
Thus altogether a good amount , not less than two lakhs, will have to be spent on a bus.The income will be only the bus charges collected from the students, which will be around a hundred rupees per head. ( I am siting the case of aided schools owned by a manager, not corporate management). Thus the management is forced to reduce the number of buses, which result in packing the students in the available vehicle.
If only the neighbouring school system is made to be accepted by all a solution to this can be expected. Now in Kerala within 3 km a primary school is available and within 5 km a high school.
Gold Member, SPK
Our normal practice is to wait for a mishap to happen, then start shouting about it. The media will try to bring out each and every aspect related to it. The Government machinery will also be active. Condolences, inquiry, compensations and what not? The uproar will last for a weak or so. After some time those files also will rest in peace. How many reports might be there so far? Did the authorities took any action so far?
I think, it would be better not to rely on authorities, but take our own preventive steps. As what Sankaran sir said, choose the nearest schools for pre-primary stage of our kids. In that case, some of the elders at home can accompany the kids.
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Kerala, the most literate state in India, seems to be illiterate when it comes to the safety of children which may sound unimportant to majority of us but this is something which has to be paid immediate attention. I witnessed the most horrible incident of my life the day after i posted this article. The accident which took place in chakkanthara (palakkad) which is hardly a kilometre away from my place which eventually resulted in the death of a school kid. there is not much i can say about the rash driving of the youth. All these are adding to the woes. Sankaran sir has already summed up things with actual figures. The way things are going presently it is only going to worsen things in the future. At certain times i even feel we should take law in our hands. The officials are least bothered about such incidents. They have BETTER THINGS to do i guess. Like how Mr. Harshan said that "we tend to act only when a mishap occur". This mindset has to be changed. I am happy to have found such a social nnetworking site where i can express my views freely with people who share similar views as i. Each one of us can contribute greatly to the change we all wish to see and to make GOD'S OWN COUNTRY literally the GOD'S OWN COUNTRY for the kids.