Tuesday, April 23, 2024

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A proposal to change the operating times of some secondary schools in an effort to help ease traffic congestion has apparently been given a failing grade even before it started.

THE NATION understands that the Ministry of Transport and Works and the Ministry of Education were to embark on a pilot project to have some schools start classes at 8 a.m. instead of 8:45 a.m. and end at 2:10 p.m. instead of 3 p.m., to see if it would have an impact on the traffic flow, particularly in The City.

However, it was revealed that after consultation, some school officials did not believe that changing the school times would improve the traffic situation. They have declined to participate in the project, which was to be rolled out at the start of the Michaelmas school year in September.

When contacted on Saturday, Dr William Duguid, Minister of Transport and Works, expressed disappointment that schools had put the brakes on the project given that these times were already being utilised successfully at The St Michael School, St Leonard’s Boys’ Secondary School and The Lodge School.

“We met with the Ministry of Education and teachers’ unions to see if we could follow up what they have already been doing at The St Michael School,” he said. (MB)

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