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Student Pass Not Renewed: College Students Must Pay Their Bus Fare

A delay in submitting the necessary documents required to the National Transport Authority has forced students to pay for their bus ticket. However, at the end of April, they paid a sum of Rs 300 to obtain their student pass. Who to blame on this issue ?

Since early May, the mother of Matheo had to find Rs 100 for him to pay his bus ticket. Matheo residing at Pointe-aux-sables attends a private school in the town. In mid-April, his mother submitted his application along with Rs 300 as fee charged for renewing his student pass at the college. The transport document has expired on the 30th of April.

Given this period of renewal, the parents submitted a request to the college to get an official document stating the name, address and child’s daily itinerary. Problem: this temporary document is not accepted by a few bus recipients. Allan Lafleur, Matheo’s uncle, was live at Xplik ou K on Monday. “La manière de faire du collège est inqualifiable. L’administration a égaré l’application de mon neveu. C’est après mon intervention à l’antenne que la direction nous a informés de ce contretemps fâcheux.”

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The transport document problem is becoming recurrent and increasingly penalizing middle school students. “Matheo est en Form III. Nous avons suivi toutes les procédures et la direction du collège a fauté. Le document temporaire remis n’est pas accepté par des receveurs. Mon neveu doit payer le bus alors que l’État prévoit un transport gratuit. C’est inacceptable,” said the uncle.

The Défi Quotidien interviewed a bus recipient of the United Bus Service concerning this particular problem. He is categorical: “Si les autorités n’ont pu compléter à temps le renouvellement du pass, il ne nous revient pas de gérer ce problème.”

Rajen Gungabissoon, head of communications at the National Transport Authority invites the college to solve the problem as soon as possible to avoid penalizing students. “C’est l’enfant qui paie pour un retard administratif. Il est souvent brimé par les receveurs. La NTA a fait son travail en livrant un pass, à chacun d’assumer ses responsabilités,” he said. Allan Lafleur went to the college of his nephew to ask the administration to activate the procedures: access was forbidden. “Aujourd’hui, ma sœur est contrainte de trouver Rs 100 par jour pour les frais de bus, alors que le transport est gratuit pour les collégiens,” he said bitterly.

Solicited, the administration of the college referred the problem to “confusion”. An attendant ensures that all documents were sent to the NTA on Monday morning.

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