JTA concerned about number of fatal vehicle accidents involving Holmwood students
The Jamaica Teachers’ Association, JTA, says it’s gravely concerned about the frequency with which buses transporting Holmwood Technical high school students have been involved in fatal accidents over the past three years.
At least four students have been killed in motor-vehicle related accidents since 2008.
In January, approximately 18 Holmwood students were injured after a bus in which they were travelling overturned.
The JTA says it sympathizes with the families of the dead and injured students, the Holmwood staff and students.
JTA Public Relations Officer, Leaon Nash says greater care has to be taken to transporting members of the public and school children.
"We are appealing to the motorists to really take care on the road, especially when you're carrying members of the public, including our children," said Nash. "If we continue to cause our children, by whatever deeds to be killed in these ways, then the future is going to be particularly bleak. So we really have to do much better than we have been doing over the past couple of years."
The union has pledged its support in helping the school through the traumatic period.
Meanwhile, the Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators, JATOO, says it is sad that today’s deadly incident follows a meeting with the principal of Holmwood last week to address transportation concerns.
JATOO says divine intervention is now required and is calling for all church groups, civic groups, education institutions and government agencies to join forces to address the problem.
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