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Students not to be penalized for late arrival

February 9, 2021 2:42 pm
The traffic congestion.

Heads of schools are being urged to be accommodating if students in the Central Division reach school late due to the current peak-time traffic issues.

Education Minister, Rosy Akbar, says an alert was sent to all schools yesterday urging the heads of schools to exercise responsibility in dealing with such situations.

This comes as hundreds of commuters are facing issues of getting to work and school on time. To avoid being caught in the traffic rush, some students are now seen in schools as early as 6am.

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Akbar says parents need to be more responsible when it comes to dropping their children to school too early.

Akbar adds some students are not able to access the schools as gates are closed and this is a situation currently being faced in the Suva-Nausori Corridor.

Akbar also highlighted easing the restricted time on e-transport cards will not be easy despite some students catching buses earlier than usual.

The Ministry last year had placed a restriction on blue subsidized cards for students which is operational from 6.30 in the morning to 9.00 am, and then from 2.30 pm to 5 pm.

“These cards are programmed and it was actually on the request of the Fiji Bus Operators Association that we brought the restriction and there was a reason for that. Like I said given the situation that we are currently in I hope the parents will cooperate with us and ensure students reach school safely.”

FBC News has received reports that some people have been on the road for almost three hours during peak hours, while travelling on the Suva-Nausori route.

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