Bus Service Dedicated For School Children
Launched in 2005, Sisu Sariya is a centralized, reliable and concessionary bus service combining the services of SLTB depots and registered private bus service providers. There are at present 778 buses in service.
Commencing as a joint effort among the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Transport, Sri Lanka Police, Sri Lanka Transport Board and the National Transport Commission, the aim of this project is to provide special school buses exclusively for uniformed school children and teachers to enable them to attend schools safely, economically and without physical or mental harassment on travel to and from school.
Strict safety measures are followed in maintenance and operation of the buses. With punctuality in mind, the service provides timely travel to school and back. The bus will arrive at the school 15 minutes before start of school and arrive at school before closing of school to pickup students. Education is a child’s right. By making available low-cost transport, the Sisu Sariya Bus Service offers concessionary charges, encouraging parents to send their children to school, by providing families with economic relief.
The Charges for the service will be as following:
|Over 12 years||50% of adult bus fare|
|Under 12 years||25% of adult bus fare|
The National Transport Commission considers safety and reliability to be important. Hence strict monitoring of the service is carried out on a continuous basis to check that high standards in quality of service is maintained. For this purpose, for each bus, a free ticket will be issued for a named teacher/senior student, who will monitor services provided. A seven member committee from each school, comprising of the school Principle/Deputy Principle, Teacher, Supervising teachers, Two (2) senior teachers and Two (2) parents of school development committee, will monitor the service and attend to the needs arising for the specific service buses allocated to the school. Payments are made only if busses pass a reliability of at least 90%. The Government has allocated a sum of Rs.240 mn for this project as of January 2011.
- Initiatives to streamline the service - Daily News, 01-08-2009