By Nyein Nyein
Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) will collect the same school bus fare this academic year as that of last year, said YRTA Managing Director U Aung Nyi Nyi Maw. Last year, the school bus fares were a minimum of K20,000 to a maximum of K50,000 per student depending upon the distance, he added. “Our YRTA will collect the same school bus fares as last year. But, we will restrict the number of students on board the bus in line with the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Sports,” he stated.
Although the school bus can carry 28 students, we will take only 14 students to abide by the social distancing rule imposed because of COVID-19, he added. At present, a total of 90 students including 57 from TTC (Kamayut), 12 from BEHS (1) North Okkalapa and 22 from BEHS (6) North Okkalapa have registered to ride school buses. So, we are arranging to fix the number of students aboard the buses as well as the routes. The remaining schools are still collecting the list of the students, according to YRTA. Last academic year, YRTA ran 107 school buses for ten schools with around 2,000 students. Yangon Region government bought 200 school buses to transport the students to their respective schools. (Translated by Hay Mar)