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Unfair bus fares for CMI students

Published:Tuesday | April 14, 2015 | 12:00 AM


I have been made to understand that students of the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI), who were in uniform and eligible for concessionary fares of J$30, were being charged full fares during the week of April 7-10, 2015. The reason given was that most schools were on a break for the holidays.

Please be reminded that CMI was in session, with classes only being suspended during the public holidays of April 3 and 6.

If this situation is the normal procedure of the JUTC, to revert to full fares during holiday breaks of primary and secondary schools, I ask that you revisit and make concessions available to all eligible CMI students who are in uniform when CMI classes are in session.

It is also my understanding that uniformed CSEC and CAPE students who have to attend classes at school during holiday breaks are affected as well. As such, I further ask that you extend the concessions to include them.

The average Jamaican is under severe financial constraints, and I think that this small gesture would not only be deemed fair and just, but would serve to alleviate some of the burdens thrust upon us.