3,300 school buses to be added to existing fleet
The Ministry of Education has announced that it had ordered some 3,300 school buses for transporting students in schools across the country. The decision comes as part of the ministry’s efforts to facilitate students’ transportation to and from their schools.
A fleet of 1,200 yellow school buses were off loaded from cargo liners at the Jeddah Islamic Port on Tuesday bringing the total fleet of schools buses to 22,000 throughout the Kingdom.
Sources from the ministry said that the consignment which came in three cargo ships will be cleared through the customs before the weekend in time for the new academic year. This year, the government has approved the decision to provide free transportation to students enrolled in public schools.
Six local transportation companies will implement the government project in a four-year contract, which will take effect from the next academic year, an official at King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz for Public Education Development (KAPED) said.