Father demands inquiry over bus driver's negligence in dropping off son from school

Father demands inquiry over bus drivers negligence in dropping off son from school

Shocked by the bus driver’s action, the boy’s father filed a formal complaint at a police station.



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Published: Sun 14 Jun 2015, 8:18 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:49 PM

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Dubai - A four-year-old KG student has been left in the lurch after the school bus driver had dropped him by the roadside near Zulaikha hospital in Sharjah, away from his home, without being picked up by a guardian or parents, Arabic daily Al Bayan reported today.

According to the report, a passing by woman came to the aid of the little boy after she saw him crying and inquired about where his father works after which she contacted him, explaining the situation.

Shocked by the bus driver’s action, the boy’s father filed a formal complaint at a police station.

Talking to the Arabic daily, the pupil’s father said: “For an unknown reason, the school had to replace the school bus driver whom my child used to travel with another one. Since the substitute driver did not know the exact home addresses of the pupils, he depended on them and dropped them at where they pointed at.”

 “My boy pointed at Zulaikha hospital where the driver came to a halt, dropped him immediately, and handed him to nobody,

 “He did not care about how little my boy was, or even how hazardous the situation was to leave tiny children alone in the street,” the father added.

Acknowledging the woman’s help, the father said that if had not been for her, the boy could have been kidnapped.

 “It was predestined that that lady passed by my boy at such a critical time. So, what would happen if my son crossed the road, or was picked by any worker? It is a matter of negligence and irresponsibility.”

Commenting on the school management’s reaction to the incident, the father said that they had visited his home and extended a formal apology.

“But I ask the ministry of education to enact a law that obligates private schools to employ bus supervisors [female attendants] in private school buses, and makes such a condition mandatory for the private schools to renew their operation licenses.”

The father also demands an investigation into the incident with immediate effect.


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