Sarawak launches free school bus service to reduce parents’ burden

Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg (right) and Yayasan Sarawak director Azmin Bujang during the launching of the free school bus service programme today.

KUCHING: The Sarawak government today launched the free school bus service programme aimed at reducing parents’ burden of having to pay school bus fees.

Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg said 30 schools in Kuching and Samarahan were involved in the free school bus programme, which was implemented by Yayasan Sarawak, with the collaboration of school bus operators and local governments.

A total of 46 school buses are expected to operate in 18 zones within Kuching and Samarahan districts.

The school buses would also be equipped with GPS trackers for parents to track their (school bus) locations on the app, which can be downloaded on Google Play Store.

“The cost will be borne by the state government,” he said after launching the free school bus programme here today.

Abang Johari said the state government would be allocating RM5 million per year for the free school bus service in Kuching.

Normally, he said parents would spend between RM100 and RM300 per month for school bus fees to send their children to school, especially if they had more than one child.

According to him, some parents had to send their children to school on alternate days by school bus as they could not afford to pay for the fees.

He said he hoped the programme would be extended to Sibu and Miri by this year to assist more low-income earners.

“In fact, the groundwork is currently being done in Sibu and Miri.

“Arrangements have to be made with the bus operators as well. Once they are ready we can just implement it (in Sibu and Miri),” he said.

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