Dubai: Emirates Transport Media Dept.
Emirates Transport (ET) has completed its preparations to transport approximately 265,000 students registered in government and private schools throughout the country for the start of the 2020/21 school year.
Transport operations will be carried out through 7,229 school buses that have been fitted and prepared according to the highest and latest safety standards.
Mohammed Abdullah Al Jarman, general manager of Emirates Transport, congratulated the education community on the start of the new school year and urged everyone connected with the education sector, as well as the members of the public, to continue their cooperation in implementing all school transport safety procedures.
The ET General Manager said: “As ever, we are excited about the start of a new school year but this particular year brings extra responsibilities due to the Covid-19 global pandemic.
“Alongside our usual technical and staff preparations, this time around we have implemented all the preventative and precautionary measures as required by the relevant authorities and strategic partners in the various emirates of the country,” he added.
Al Jarman stated that the enormous daily transport operation, which will provide transport service for students to and from 700 public and private schools across the country, employs 7,059 bus drivers and 6,218 school bus supervisors and is conducted out of 9 school transport branches and 26 bus depots spread nationwide.
Al Jarman praised the role and cooperation of ET’s strategic partners, particularly the Ministry of Education, the Department of Education and Knowledge, the Ministry of Interior and the various transport authorities in the country, in the preparations efforts for the new school year.
He noted that Emirates Transport has been keen to develop new training materials based on the comprehensive Covid-19 safety plan that has been developed and approved to ensure the safety of transported students.
The ET General Manager also stressed the importance of cooperation by parents of students to ensure the success of the school transport process by adhering to all the precautionary measures in place, such as wearing masks and social distancing.