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AOPT wants in on back-to-school talks with ministry

AOPT wants in on back-to-school talks with ministry
From left, AOPT director of complaints Craig Banfield speaking to chairman Roy Raphael, as information, communications and marketing officer Mark Haynes listens in. - (Picture by Shanice King.)

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The Alliance Owners of Public Transport (AOPT) wants to know why the private stakeholders of the public sector transport are exempted from the national discussion about the return of face-to-face classes.

Reacting to the ongoing talks among the Ministry of Education, teachers, unions and health officials, communications and marketing officer of APTO, Mark Haynes, said he was concerned that the public service vehicle (PSV) group had to find out details about the matter which directly involved them as PSVs transported 80 per cent of the island’s commuters.

“We should have been invited to those meetings so we could have shared our perspectives as it relates to the resumption of school. This sector is too important for us to be left out of national matters of this kind,” he said yesterday in an interview at Warrens, St Michael.

“We feel insulted and slighted. It is an oversight that should have never happened in the first place and it is inexcusable. All the agencies who are directly involved in the reopening of schools should be given the opportunity to share their perspectives,” he complained.

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