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Schools must assign staff to help students cross roads safely :PM

News Desk || shiningbd

Published: 14:03, 12 January 2022  
Schools must assign staff to help students cross roads safely :PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said educational institutions up to higher secondary level must assign their own staff to make sure their students cross roads safely.

“Though traffic police will be there to help them, the school authorities must be careful and their own staff will have to be there so that students can cross roads safely…I think our Education Ministry can issue a directive to the schools ---from primary to higher secondary levels in this regard,” she said.   

The prime minister said this while inaugurating the four newly constructed projects implemented under the Road Transport and Highways Division, joining a program virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban.

The projects are a pedestrian underpass adjacent to Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment School under Dhaka Airport highway, Sylhet City Bypass-Garrison Link 4-lane Highway, Balukhali (Cox’s Bazar)-Ghundhum (Bandarban) Border Link-Road and a 500-meter Bridge over the Changi River at Naniarchar in Rangamati district. 

The premier asked the Education Ministry to take initiatives for directing every educational institution up to the higher secondary level to keep its staff at adjacent road points in order to prevent accidents and deaths, as students are often reluctant to follow directions from others. 

“If there’s anyone from the school authorities, they’ll follow his or her instructions,” she said, adding that every school should take the initiative on their own.

In 2018, the prime minister announced plans to construct the underpass, four days after Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib, first-year students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment School were killed as a bus ploughed into some students in front of Kurmitola General Hospital on Airport road in the capital on July 29.

Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation of the underpass on August 12, 2018. 

On August 4 that year, she provided five buses for the students of the college after the family members of the two students and the principal of the college met her on August 2.
Dhaka Tribune

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