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What's Trending: Early or Pay

Looka Lew, lookalew@nationenws.com

Added 04 February 2014

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The Nation’s Online Editor Sherrylyn Toppin looks at What’s Trending today in Barbados. School children in Barbados will continue to enjoy free bus rides on the public transportation system only if they get to school early. While addressing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Programme last night at the Hilton Barbados, Minister of Education Ronald Jones  said the service cost government “ six or seven million dollars a year” and children needed to “stop playing around and get serious”. Jones said too many children were getting to school around 9:30 a.m., while others were bus-hopping, a practise which must cease. He said if they can’t meet the deadline, they will have to pay. There have been calls from certain sections of the public to halt the free bus fares and online readers weighed in on the issue. Tameisha Thompson: First sensible thing I have heard all year from government. Jo-Anne Husbands: I commend this. Every morning I pass school children liming behind the Fairchild Street Bus Terminal. School girls with men, boys with girls, and the police have to be constantly talking to some of them. If only their parents knew where they were. Javan Cook: [It is a] Fact that this should have been implemented from the very start. Why do they always do something at the last minute? You didn’t think some students aren’t going to take advantage? Melissa Knight: They never should have been free to begin with. It should have been evaluated on a case by case basis to see whose parents can’t really afford it. Tony Waterman: Best Thing this Minister has come up with in a long time, and I will back him on this as long as he does not fold to any pressure from any group(s). Daneale O’neale: Here, here Sir, stop them from abusing this system.

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