How do we take our stu­dents to task when they van­dalise buses?

There is no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion to how the stu­dents be­haved. They ended up break­ing a win­dow when they at­tempted to throw in their bags and climb through the win­dows rather than climb­ing onto the bus through the door in an or­derly man­ner.

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We have heard one too many times how buses have been van­dalised by school stu­dents.

In Suva, Shore Buses used to be tar­geted of­ten and now Clas­sic Buses have been van­dalised and what’s worse is that stu­dents ver­bally abused the bus driver as well.

Who should be held re­spon­si­ble for this be­hav­iour? What ac­tions have been taken against stu­dents who have been iden­ti­fied in the past and what ac­tion will be taken against stu­dents who were part of the group who van­dalised Clas­sic Buses?

In Fiji, we do not of­ten have our ju­di­ciary im­pos­ing com­mu­nity ser­vice. In the most re­cent case of Clas­sic Buses, the school should round up the stu­dents re­spon­si­ble, take them to the Clas­sic Buses garage and get them to fix the dam­age they caused. And they should then get the stu­dents to raise money from do­ing odd jobs such as grass cut­ting or car wash­ing and hand over all the pro­ceeds to the bus com­pany.

Land Trans­port Au­thor­ity Lau­toka

Branch Act­ing Man­ager, Semi Tuinaceva, said schools need to closely mon­i­tor the be­hav­iour of stu­dents on buses. But in this case the prin­ci­pal of Ba Pro­vin­cial Free Bird In­sti­tute in Lau­toka, Mawe­liki Nasau, has made some alarm­ing com­ments. He said the stu­dents re­acted badly be­cause the bus was late.

There is no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion to how the stu­dents be­haved. They ended up break­ing a win­dow when they at­tempted to throw in their bags and climb through the win­dows rather than climb­ing onto the bus through the door in an or­derly man­ner.

Mas­ter Nasau said this re­tal­i­a­tion only comes when the treat­ment of the stu­dents is poor. This is the most out­ra­geous jus­ti­fi­ca­tion. We can­not have peo­ple in au­thor­ity jus­ti­fy­ing such be­hav­iour.

The good Mas­ter should join the stu­dents in Clas­sic Buses garage and su­per­vise his stu­dents while they clean up the mess they made.

The Land Trans­port Au­thor­ity Lau­toka branch act­ing man­ager, Semi Tuinaceva, says schools need to closely mon­i­tor the be­hav­iour of stu­dents on buses.

This was after stu­dents from a Ba Pro­vin­cial Free Bird In­sti­tute in Lau­toka were al­leged to have dam­aged the rear view mir­ror of one of the Clas­sic Buses and ver­bally abused the driver on Tues­day.

“Two busses had been pre­pared so they drop pri­mary school stu­dents first then they go up to the school at quar­ter to five, but now stu­dents are knock­ing off at 3.30pm so stu­dents nor­mally walk down,” he said.

“It is ad­vis­able that teach­ers talk to the stu­dents be­cause the ser­vice has been pro­vided and they should hon­our that com­mit­ment and not dam­age the trans­port that is tak­ing care of their lives while they are be­ing trans­ported.”

Mr Tuinaceva said there were also is­sues with busi­ness for Clas­sic Busses be­cause they had sur­ren­dered a few of their busses.

Clas­sic Busses driver Atish Chand said the in­ci­dent hap­pened when the bus was driv­ing along Ker­mode Road to­wards the school.

“They punched the rear view mir­ror. I was shout­ing at them to stop be­cause if any­thing hap­pens they will al­ways blame the driver,” he said.

“They jumped into the bus from the sides, but luck­ily a teacher came and they stopped, but be­fore that, they swore at me and I don’t mind the swear­ing, but they had no re­spect for peo­ple around them.” School prin­ci­pal Mawe­liki Nasau said the re­ac­tion from stu­dents was due to the buses’ de­lay and stu­dents wanted to go home on time.

“When stu­dents had stopped it to get on, most rushed in be­cause they wanted to get home, but one of the bags caught on to the win­dow and that’s how it got dam­aged,” he said.

“The frus­tra­tion of wait­ing could have made the stu­dents act that way be­cause we fin­ish at 3.30pm and the bus comes after 4pm so stu­dents will only re­tal­i­ate if they’re treat­ment is not good.”

Jy­oti Prat­i­bha

Photo: Salote Qalubau

Clas­sic Buses driver Atish Chand points to the at­tach­ment of the

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