EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: As the new academic year begins, students within and around the Greater Banjul areas continue to face transport challenges to and from school.
Students say they will wake up around 5 to 6 am to be on the highway waiting to catch transport to school but the usual dilemma is they will be there for hours waiting before they could get transport.
There are available school buses to facilitate students easy and early access to school but there are just few of them available, which they said are not enough to cater their transport service need.
While some students, mainly those from socio-economically advantaged backgrounds have transportation means to be at school on time, a huge number of others struggle to pay double fares before reaching to school. “This poses a hard-task burden on our parents,” one of the students said.
Speaking to Eye Africa TV, some of the students expressed concern about their transport situation, calling on the government to provide enough buses to ease their daily transportation to school.
On daily basis, citizens complain about the difficulties they encounter on the roads due to what they deem as ‘unfair’ treatment by some drivers. Since the increment of transport fares announced by the government, drivers have devised means to increase their income, especially when traffic demand is high.