07 January 2014 14:40

 Pupils will stay away from class for one period on Thursday in protest to having to pay €15 per month for school buses but transportation went ahead without a hitch this morning (Tuesday,) the first day of the new fares’ introduction.
Pupils Coordinating Committee (PSEM) president Panayiotis Monoyios said that the pupils continued to believe that no pupils should be made to pay bus faresto get to and from school.
He said that PSEM was in contact with other involved parties to decide on how to proceed.
Federation of Secondary School Parents’ Associations chairman Stephanos Stephanou said that more dialogue with all those involved should have been entered into before the measure was introduced.
Also speaking earlier today, Communications Ministry Permanent Secretary Alecos Michaelides said that charging pupils was the only way to fulfil a bailout-linked obligation without increasing other bus fares which, he said, would have been a harder blow to society.
The pupils and parents will be giving a press conference on their views tomorrow, Wednesday.


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