KUALA SELANGOR: Parents and schools should work together to find an effective solution to the problem of underage students who ride motorcycles to schools.
Deputy Education Minister I, Datuk P.Kamalanathan said his ministry viewed the matter seriously because it was not only illegal but could also pose a danger to the students concerned.
“The parent-teacher’s association for example can hold discussions with bus operators in their area to find the appropriate formula such as imposing reasonable fares so as not to burden parents.
“The ministry will give its full support to any proposals and initiatives outlined,” he told reporters after opening the 21st Century Classroom at Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil Ladang Coalfields, here today.
He was commenting on the incident which befell Siti Nuraisyah Sahrin, 13, who lost both her legs after she was run over by a lorry in an accident in Sabak Bernam on Jan 18.
In the 3.30pm incident, Nuraisyah and her stepsister Shamin Amirah Roslan, 14, were on a motorcycle heading home when a car grazed their machine, causing both girls to be thrown onto the road.
In another development, Kamalanathan said the federal government had approved an allocation of RM140,000 to upgrade the infrastructure of the Tamil school. – BERNAMA