The new school bus arrives at the Fancy Playing Field, where the ceremony took place. (IWN photo)

The government on Thursday officially commissioned a brand new, state-owned school bus to transport secondary school students from Fancy to schools as far south as North Union Secondary.

The 30-seater bus replaces the privately-owned minivan that was destroyed on Jan. 12, when it plunged into the sea at Rock Gutter, resulting in the death of seven students.

The new bus is funded by the Mustique Charitable Trust, which contributed EC$100,000, the National Lotteries Authority (EC$50,000), PetroCaribe (EC$50,000), and the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Coreas Hazells Inc., from which the bus was purchased, provided an EC$15,000 discount.

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Hudson Nedd, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Transport, delivers remarks at the ceremony. (IWN photo)
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Minister of Agriculture Saboto Caesar, front right, and Minister of National Mobilisation Frederick Stevenson, to Caesar’s right, and other persons at the ceremony. (IWN Photo)
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Some students of the Fancy Government School and their teachers witnessed the handing over of the new school bus. (IWN photo)
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Entrepreneur Basil Charles, second left, and other members of the Mustique Charitable Trust among other persons at the ceremony. (IWN photo)
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Lavinia Gunn, administrator of the Mustique Charitable Trust, delivers remarks at the ceremony. (IWN photo)
Fancy school bus 6 Murray Bullock
Murray Bullock of National Lotteries Authority, left, commends the bus driver for the skills he exhibited when driving the bus to Fancy on Thursday. (IWN photo)
Fancy school bus 7 Malika Joseph
Malika Joseph, administrative officer at PetroCaribe, delivers remarks at the ceremony. (IWN photo)
Fancy school bus 8 Montgomery Daniel
Member of Parliament for North Windward, Montgomery Daniel, delivers remarks at the ceremony. (IWN photo)
Fancy school bus 9 Ralph Gonsalves
Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves delivers the feature address at the ceremony. (IWN photo)
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A section of the crowd at the ceremony in Fancy. (IWN photo)
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Another section of the crowd at the ceremony in Fancy. (IWN photo)
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Jemma Edwards, who lost her sons, Jamalie and Jamall Edwards in the Rock Gutter incident, prepares to cut the ribbon, signalling the official commissioning of the new school bus. (IWN photo)
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Pastor Sigmund Wiggings performs the blessing of the bus. (IWN photo)
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Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, right, chats with students on the “maiden trip” on the bus. (IWN photo)

 

One reply on “IN PHOTOS: Fancy gets new school bus after Rock Gutter tragedy”

  1. All these “remarks” for a bus? Really? Election around the corner so ah understand… Are we not merciful….Here is the thing though, its all nice to have a new bus…but I hate to say this but that bus is not going to last as long as miss jenny fire. The culture of regular vehicle maintenance seem a foreign concept in Vincyland, hence the constant reporting of vehicular accidents caused by mechanical failure of the vehicle.

    And by the way, this bus is twice the size of the minivans…its going to be interesting to see folks navigate this bus on dem narrow-arse road we have in that area.

    Anyway, I will stop the hating…lol…at least the kids can ride in style to go to school, I hope….cause you know dem conductors gwine pack that bus to the ceiling…lawd have mercy on my people.

    Oh wait,ah feel like ranting…GIVEN THE ABSURD AND DOWNRIGHT LAUGHABLE ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE PROSECUTION THAT THEY DON’T HAVE ANY EVIDENCE AT THE MOMENT TO PRESENT TO THE COURT AGAINST MISS BIBBY-BOWEN…THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION SHOULD ALLOW MISS BIBBY-BOWEN BACK INTO THE CLASSS ROOM UNTIL THE CASE IS HEARD IN COURTS. THEY CAN TAKE FURTHER ACTION IF NEED BE…BUT FOR RIGHT NOW, I THINK THE LADY SHOULD BE BACK IN THE CLASSROOM DOING WHAT SHE DOES BEST…CUSSING…AH MEAN, TEACHING…THIS WAS INDEED A TEACHABLE MOMENT. THIS TEACHER WAS JUST KEEPING IT REAL…AND TO ALL THE PURITANS WHO WANT TO CRUCIFY THIS LADY; I SAY TO YOU, IN THE IMMORTAL WORDS OF EDWIN AYOUNG, PAUL YER MUDDER COME!!!

    IF I HAD MY WAY, I WOULD ASK FOR A PUBLIC APOLOGY FROM MISS BIBBY-BOWEN TO ALL STUDENTS OF THE BCK INSTITUTION AND A STERN REPRIMAND FROM THE MOE…AND THEN MOVE ON WITH OTHER BUSINESS..LIKE PREPARING THE VICTORY PARADE FOR THE NDP…ITS OVER!!

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