Police, RTO serve notices to TN school after 10 students faint in bus

Chennai, Nov 25 : Madurai district Police and the Regional Transport Office have served notices to an aided school in the district after ten students fainted in the school bus due to overcrowding. The police will be filing an FIR against the management of the Yadhava Girls Higher Secondary School, Nallamani in Madurai after the students fainted in the bus. A joint inspection of district education department officials, police and RTO was held in the school on Thursday and found that the school had erred in the matter. The school management has told the inspecting officials that the bus was overcrowded as the other bus was having some mechanical problems and was not used for service. The district educational officer will also be serving the notice to the school on the issue. RTO officials told the mediapersons that they had earlier also seized two buses of the same school as they didn't have any fitness certificates. Several government and government aided schools in Tamil Nadu were plying buses but were not having proper fitness certificates or maintenance certificates. Swaminathan R., an educationist and Director of Socio Economic Development Foundation, a think tank based out of Madurai while speaking to IANS said, "We are conducting a detailed study on the school buses in Tamil Nadu in the government sector as well as the private sector and will bring out a paper on the same. According to our initial observation, the schools are not maintaining their buses well and in many cases these buses don't have fitness certificates also." /IANS


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