An appeal is being made for parents to encourage their children to use the school buses that were procured by the government from Taiwan.

In August, the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines received ten school buses to meet the transportation needs of the school population along various routes across St. Vincent.

Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Deborah Charles in addressing a ceremony yesterday at the Georgetown Secondary School, said that she has noticed that some students refuse to use the school buses.

“I have seen instances where the busses go empty and there are still students standing at the road. It doesn’t augur well for us,” Ms. Charles said.

“Apart from that, the minivans, and we have to give credit to them because that is what we have, however you don’t want your students listening to the type of music that they have to endure before they get into their classrooms. It speaks to violence, it speaks to sex and that’s something you really don’t want our students listening to.”

“Let us encourage our students, use the busses and use them wisely,” the Education Official implored the audience gathered at the ceremony where bursaries were distributed to over 120 students under the 2017 Taiwanese Human Resource Development Programme.

The procurement and preparation of the buses were jointly financed through a grant of US$30,000 from the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and approximately EC$130,200 from the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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