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Karachi parents to pick and drop their children as school van drivers go on strike

SAMAA | - Posted: Jan 24, 2019 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Posted: Jan 24, 2019 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Karachi parents to pick and drop their children as school van drivers go on strike

They are protesting traffic police's campaign against CNG, LPG cylinders

Photo: AFP

The school van owners’ association has decided to go on strike and not ply their vehicles on Thursday morning.

Parents of schoolchildren have been forced to drop their children themselves.

The van drivers are protesting the Karachi police’s campaign against school buses with substandard CNG and LPG cylinders.

“Gas cylinders are found in cars across Pakistan,” said a van driver. “Why are only we being targeted?”

Related: Don’t send your children in schools vans with CNG cylinders: Sindh transport minister

A parent remarked that he has no problem in dropping his children. “We will not listen to their [van drivers’] demands,” he added.

The crackdown started after six children were injured after their school van caught fire in Karachi on January 5. The van, which belonged to Madrassa Usman bin Affan, caught fire near the Qatar Hospital in Orangi Town. There were 14 children in the van at the time of the fire.

We cannot put the lives of our children in danger, said Sindh Transport Minister Owais Qadir Shah. “We won’t allow school vans on run on CNG cylinders.”

He said that those who have a problem with this should go to court.

On January 7, Qadir appealed the parents to not send their children in a school van which has a CNG or LPG cylinder.

Accepting the government’s failure, the transport minister has said his department did not have a force of its own so parents should be careful on their own.

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      Moish  January 24, 2019 2:00 pm/ Reply

    Till how much duration do this strike be going on ? As the children would face a great loss of their studies.

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      Syed Faraz Jafri  January 24, 2019 4:03 pm/ Reply

    Fortunately Karachi is blessed to have peaceful environment under the umbrella of Law and Enforcement agencies but on the other hand, there should be a strategy to strong our nation who are our beloved children but unfortunately situation is not like that. Even their parents are not satisfied enough when they are moving to their respective schools through dedicated and so called Private school vans. School van drivers are provided with the suggestions to maintain their vehicles up to the mark and on standard basis but unfortunately this community is interested to excel their business at own terms therefore condition of van service which is utilized for school going children is becoming worst day by day in terms of condition, overloading and on top their habit to call strike for unusual reasons now a days. At present, parents of private schools are facing great difficulty that school van drivers are not willing to produce their services of pick and drop due to increase rates of CNG and called a strike most of the times collectively at their own. On asking from school administration, a clear statement is presented that school organization has no direct concerns with private vans however they maintain the record of particular driver at the time of admission of a Candidate. The question is that why all the way guardian is in trouble to face all? School administration should own some responsibility to provide relevant facilities to our children in return to the heavy fee payments charged by us every month. On either side, they should focus to communicate with such van drivers who are willing to work in coordination with school management otherwise loss of studies is observing on daily basis and ultimately this responsibility has to bear by parents again. Think about it!!!

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      Ghazi  March 26, 2019 7:58 pm/ Reply

    I want to know
    Agar koi school driver choti k waqt bacho ko ada rasty par paisy da or kahy khud ghar jao??
    Ap kis kis responsibilities hai jo is bachy ko ghar pohnchy or agar bacha ghum ho jata hai to is ka.kon responsible.hoga .
    Me chahta ko ap is k bart me kuch reply dijiyr qk most of area of Karachi mostly driver now a days doing this no sense action towards these young students .

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