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$720 daily bus fare cruel

Published:Friday | August 29, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I am a University of Technology student who has just entered my second year of study. I would have been in my third year, but despite the efforts of myself and my family, we were unable to raise the funds. Realising that Students' Loan Bureau was my other option, I decided to apply so that I would be able to continue with my studies.

Finally finding the money to pay for school, I've been hit by a bus-fare raise - the exact week before school starts! Now somebody, please tell me what the Government expects me and other persons in my position to do? Frankly, they don't even care, as far as I am concerned.

I am now required to pay $720, DAILY, to cover travelling to and from school. I am aware that there are persons who actually have to now pay more than that. Keep in mind that I am not travelling from Morant Point to Negril Point; I am travelling from Red Hills to Papine. This means that I take six vehicles to get to and from school. The $600 before was bad, but it was bearable, and I was able to have a good meal at school.

So, I find the money to pay for tuition, and now my education might suffer at the hand of not having the bus fare to attend classes on a regular basis.What does it say about a country's economy when one person's bus fare ALONE is close to $1,000?

This Jamaica is VERY demotivating and discouraging to a young, ambitious person. That is why persons, especially the young, do not want to stay here. That is why 'farrin' (doesn't necessarily have to be America) SEEMS so beautiful and full of opportunities.

I think the Government was just plain cruel to have raised the fare. I wish we Jamaicans would seriously band together and not just talk. Ten persons cannot do it. The Government should fear the people and not the other way around.

JUANITA COWAN

juandrewz@hotmail.com

Burnside Hill, Red Hills