The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Fri­day, April 21, 1967 — Heads of schools in Bu­l­awayo have de­scribed the de­ci­sion of the Bu­l­awayo and Dis­trict Road Safety As­so­ci­a­tion to close two traf­fic train­ing cen­tres as “tragic,” “dis­ap­point­ing” and “re­gret­table.’’

The Hill­side Ju­nior School coun­cil has is­sued a cir­cu­lar to par­ents and in­flu­en­tial peo­ple in which a plea is made for the Gov­ern­ment to as­sist fi­nan­cially in run­ning the cen­tres.

Yes­ter­day a num­ber of chil­dren handed over small amounts from their pocket money to the in­struc­tor at the North Park Traf­fic Train­ing Cen­tre, Mr Fred Fan­ning.

The y asked that it be sent to the Road Safety As­so­ci­a­tion, which an­nounced this week that the cen­tres will close on June 1 be­cause of in­suf­fi­cient funds.

The two cen­tres have been cost­ing about £1 500 a year to run and have given road safety in­struc­tion to about 20 000 school chil­dren a year. More than 33 letters were sent to in­dus­try and com­merce in Bu­l­awayo, but only £50 replies were re­ceived, with con­tri­bu­tions to­talling £200.

Mr J E Cook of Baines School said he was “most dis­ap­pointed” over the news. The Re­gional Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fi­cer, Mr H Pegg, said yes­ter­day that he re­gret­ted the im­pend­ing clo­sure of the cen­tres. “They were ex­tremely use­ful and prob­a­bly saved a great many lives.” He de­clined to com­ment on what mea­sures the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion might take to keep them open, but said “we are not rest­ing.”

Mr K Barker, head­mas­ter of Hill­side Ju­nior School, said that about 20 pupils from his school at­tended classes at the traf­fic train­ing cen­tre ev­ery week. His par­ent-teacher as­so­ci­a­tion had sent a gift to the Road Safety As­so­ci­a­tion, but there had only been a fair re­sponse” from par­ents who were asked by the PTA to send an­nual sub­scrip­tions.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Zimbabwe

© PressReader. All rights reserved.