A 5 year old girl who had just started going to school from 2 months was pronounced dead in the hospital after being trapped inside a school bus for 5 hours - A simple case of carelessness and neglect.
This little girl got ready for her school as usual really early in the morning, boarded the private van for the Indian Embassy School on Sunday, 15th June 2010. The sleepy girl succumbed to her sleep in the bus on the way to her school. The driver as per his usual rounds picked up 12 more of students and dropped them off at school. He then locked the van and left. The little girl was left inside the locked van at a parking area in the peak summer of 52 degrees atleast. By around noon the driver came to the bus to drop off the kindergarten students and found a very pale and limp body of the 5 year old girl , identified as Fida. The driver called some of his fellow drivers and realised his horrendous mistake. The driver, identified as,, from Kerala , fled the scene instead of offering help. the child was taken to the school's first aid room immediately and later rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
This is the scene and the fate of parents who leave the children at the mercy of these irresponsible, careless and rude bus drivers everyday. This is not the first but officially the second time which has happened. The previous incident did not have any devastating consequence since it was winter time and the boy who was trapped was not as young and small as Fida, but nevertheless still trapped in the bus for 5 whole hours.
The school shouldering more than about 16000 students is the ideal choice if not a no-choice for Expat Indian parents for their children. Though there are some other Indian schools coming up, parents still prefer this school for their children as this school has been established from many years and also has the higher secondary classes with good past records of the percentage. This school has no competitors when it comes to the Indian norm with regards to the syllabus, higher secondary options, and other schools are yet to build their 10std performance percentage. The school employs huge SAPTCO busses to accommodate the students transportation services but it is obviously not enough. The parents are forced to hire private vans offering these services and a door to door drop as compared to the huge school buses which have a common drop off point for the areas near their homes. Keeping the obnoxious rudeness by the drivers aside, these drivers don’t halt to think of their young passengers but continue to drive rashly in the peak traffic times inspite of parents protests and complaints.
What I want to highlight here is the nature of most drivers of school buses in general; be it private or owned by the school as they are no different!
The drivers NEED TO go through a Training program which teaches them the importance of a Life, consequences of a speed overtaking feat, rushing through the peak hour to miss the signal and all those traffic related rules. Each Bus should also offer an attendant to monitor the children inside the bus and not be a disturbance or a distraction to the bus driver. The attendant should be responsible for taking the kindergarten children in the bus and help them down the bus to be left in the parents hand. An attendance or a head count of children should be taken when aboard the bus in the morning as well as afternoons. I also had an incident where my son was left in school and the bus left without him!
They are only increasing the transport charges but we don’t see any attendant hired for this purpose. I have seen children shouting, fighting in the buses and even hitting the bus driver for play – how could he concentrate on the mad peak hour traffic and keep his mind and eyes on the road with such a scenario going on?
May Fida’s soul rest in peace and God bless her family with strength, happiness and peace. This is a wakeup call for all parents, and if there is ANYTHING that they are not satisfied with they SHOULD go and be able to speak to the person responsible who SHOULD NOT turn a deaf ear to our woes. This whole transport system needs to shape up – Enough is Enough!!
QUoting from a blog written by a well wisher appalled by the incident which took the life of a frail darling little girl, Fida Harris, on sunday 13th June 2010, due to a small case of negligence on the driver's part.
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