Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 

Slow down on school buses welcomed by NZSTA


Media Release


Slow down on school buses welcomed by NZSTA


The New Zealand School Trustees Association is applauding the Education Ministry’s prudent approach over improving the safety of children on school buses.

The Ministry has announced it will delay tendering processes for contract bus services to allow the transport industry time to adopt new safety measures.

NZSTA executive member Chris Haines says the fact the Ministry has delayed its tendering process shows it takes the issue of safety on school buses very seriously.

“Obviously adopting any new standard can take time, and the Ministry has clearly recognised this. However the most important aspect of this issue is that there will be improved safety standards for those children travelling to and from school on a bus.”

Chris Haines says while it is pleasing there has been progress with introducing new safety standards, more still needs to be done.

The NZSTA annual conference held in Wellington recently highlighted the issue, with delegates voting to call for seatbelts to be installed in the front of school buses. The conference also wanted restrictions on the number of students allowed to stand in aisles.

“Parents and schools have concern about the safety of their children. Improving safety standards is about looking at what may happen, and taking steps to prevent it happening.”

He says changing the standards will come with a cost, and the reality is that the Government needs to increase its funding in this area.

[ends]


For more information contact Chris Haines.
Phone: (025) 387-903.



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: Making History

Jock Phillips is a pioneering public historian who has sought new ways to communicate history to a wide audience. His autobiographical memoir is a fascinating account of how perceptions of history have changed through his career. More>>

New Budget Arts Funding: Fairer Wage For Grant Artists, Creatives In Schools

The vital contribution and huge value the creative sector brings to New Zealand is recognised in this year’s Budget with $11.157 million over four years for two new initiatives, the Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern said today. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Region MMR Change: Children To Be Vaccinated For Measles At 12 Months

The first measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination has been brought forward to 12 months from 15 months in Auckland because of the region’s measles outbreak. More>>

ALSO:

Tapu Te Ranga: Fire Destroys Main Building At Island Bay Marae

There was a large fire at the Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Island Bay early Sunday morning. Firefighters saved the meeting house, but the main building collapsed in the blaze and other surrounding buildings were compromised. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland