Parents’ pleas for pupil patrol falls on deaf ears

2014-08-08 00:00

PARENTS’ pleas for a pupil patrol or pointsman on the busy Chota Motala Road have fallen on deaf ears down at city hall.

For more than a year, parents of Raisethorpe High School pupils have been phoning and writing to the municipality without getting a response.

In the meantime, they are doing their best to help the children across the busy road.

Harry Nagasar takes his turn when he can. He says for him it is not just about his own child but the lives of the 1 250 pupils at the school. Nagasar says it’s a nightmare as they are not trained as traffic safety officers.

He said drivers generally do not obey the rules of the road. The minibus taxis are the worst offenders, refusing to stop at times or slow down, Nagasar said.

He and other parents said they’ve constantly raised their concerns with the school. They were shown a heap of correspondence sent to the municipality — all with no response.

In a letter, the school said that the traffic department had been contacted on several occasions and the response was that there had been budgetary cuts and reductions of casually employed traffic staff.

It told the municipality to bear in mind that Chota Motala Road had high volumes of traffic.

A traffic inspector had carried out an on-site inspection in March and had said one of 40 trainee traffic wardens would be allocated to the school. This didn’t happen.

A traffic officer occasionally called at the school but did not actively direct traffic. “He/she normally stands at the road side, leans against their vehicle or sits inside. A dismal sight,” the letter said.

Parents said they approached ward councillor Jay Singh, who in turn showed them his pile of correspondence on the matter to various officials — none of whom responded to him.

By yesterday, Singh said he had still not heard a word from any of the officials he had contacted.

The Witness sent a query on the matter yesterday morning, but by late afternoon, no response was received.

School principal Indran Pillay and chairperson of the school governing body Surendra Sirkar both declined to comment.

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