The city of Bo continues to go without any public bus system for students. This has been so for the past ten years.
In all, the city has about 20 Government schools or Government-Assisted schools. And most of the pupils attending these schools come from some of the surrounding villages of Bo Town, without either good secondary schools or without senior secondary schools.
As for the Private Schools, their pupils enjoy some form of private school bus system though most of them have the children crammed in vehicles all the time.
Some even have their buses which most times are not in any good condition. And this even caused the Bo City council to intervene at one time, ordering private school proprietors to put the vehicles in order or else face arrest.
In a similar vein, the Bo City Council has at the present tried to salvage the situation with the provision of two buses plying the city as town service.
These buses run from Bojohn Street to Shelmingo and Towama but with no provision for students.
The flat fare for these buses, the Councilor Chairman Transportation Committee Bo City Council Saidu Gbessay Kamara told Awoko was one thousand Leones.
The price he said was constant “as the City council was providing services for the general public and not for students alone.”
He however went on to say that “it will be in our interest to have more buses and getting them will reduce the accident rate students get from okadas.”
And this, the Deputy Director of Education South Mr Swaray said “is a serious issue to us all.” He even took the time to hint at the “private school buses that are not in good condition.”
He however took the time to also mention the Kenema incident, where he said, the motor drivers went and stoned a school bus provided by the Government.
The union members, he said, stoned the vehicle with the accusation that it was disturbing their own transportation arrangements.
Principal Kakua Government Secondary School, Bilo Koroma, told Awoko that the effect of the issue was already showing on his pupils.
Some of the pupils at his school, he said, come to school late or come to school tired, only for them to sleep during classes.
“Some come to school late due because they come from far and I when I feel like beating them, I spare them due to the reasons they give.” Some of his pupils, he says, come from as far as distant areas like Gbongboma and Falla Village and Braima town. “Late coming has become habitual.”
By Jenkins Bawoh