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The Education Ministry says it will be assisting in covering the medical expenses incurred by the families of students who were victims in yesterday’s motor vehicle crash in Portland.
In a statement this afternoon, the Ministry says it will be contacting school officials and parents to make the necessary arrangements and offer support for those affected.
The Ministry’s also engaging in discussions to include the schools affected by the incident into its Transportation programme.
Students of Titchfield High remain hospitalized, nursing injuries after the bus they were travelling in plunged into a precipice off the Black Hill main road in the parish.
The Education Ministry’s also dispatched its trauma team to conduct grief counseling sessions at Titchfield High where a 13-year-old student Pranjal Jasti died as a result of injuries received in the motor vehicle crash.
Minister without Portfolio, Karl Samuda, has expressed regret and condolences to the family of the deceased teen.
The Minister says he’s also praying for the recovery of the students and all who were hospitalized following the collision.
The Ministry is also urging operators of public passenger vehicles to exercise due care by adhering to the seating stipulations of their vehicles, obeying the speed limit and the rules of the road.
Transport Minister, Robert Montague, says the government will roll out a number of initiatives geared towards restoring order on the nation’s roads.
The measures follow an increase in the number of road fatalities this year when compared to the corresponding period for last year.
The latest statistics show that 1-hundred and 71 people have been killed on the nation’s roads so far this year.
That’s up from the 1-hundred and 39 people killed over the similar period for last year.
Minister Montague says the government is also engaging a number of state agencies to offer defensive driving courses particularly to the owners and operators of public passenger vehicles.
He was speaking today at the launch of the Jamaica Driver and Traffic Safety Expo at the Transport Ministry.
News Credit: Nation Wide Radio | Read here http://nationwideradiojm.com/education-ministry-to-help-families-of-portlands-crash-victims/