Schools are in a rush to comply with the government’s directive to paint school buses yellow to beat the March 30th deadline.
A spot check by People Daily has revealed that most of the schools have already complied with the directive which also included fixing of safety belts.
In Vihiga county, almost all private and public schools have complied, something that has been praised by the area education stakeholders. Emusire Boys, Vihiga Boys, Hobunaka Boys, Bunyore Girls high schools were the first schools in Vihiga county to obey the former Education CS’s directive and they say they are free to move on the road. Schools which have not done so have taken them to motor vehicle garages for painting.
Mechanics at Kisumu, Jua Kali area are naking a kiling out of the rush as they were seen busy working on the buses.Matiang’i, who has been replaced by former Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohammed in the Education docket had, said the directive was an already existing law, and was meant to safeguard the lives of pupils, who sometimes find themselves in the hands of rogue drivers.
The Traffic Amendment Act passed by Parliament in 2016 requires school buses to be painted yellow, fix safety belts and institution names written in black. According to the Act, speed limits for the school vehicles are supposed to be 50 kilometres per hour and they are allowed to operate between 6am and 6pm.
Parents who hailed the directive said their children’s safety is assured by buses being made uniform. The parents also asked the ministry to compel schools to hire highly qualified drivers to cushion accidents.
“We support the directive from former Education CS Fred Matiang’i. The measures will help secure the safety of our students on the road,” lauded one parent in Vihiga County.
He directed school heads to use part of the funds allocated in the Free Day Secondary Education to cater for the directive.