School Bus

Pakistan minibus explosion kills 16 schoolchildren and teacher

The minibus driver is said to have escaped the flames and now faces arrest. Photo: Reuters

Sixteen schoolchildren and a teacher burned to death in eastern Pakistan early yesterday when a short-circuit near a leaking fuel tank caused their minibus to burst into flames.

Sunday, 26 May, 2013, 7:09am

Fingers point, but little children are still dying

A school bus and a truck collided in a traffic accident Yulinzi township. Such accidents involving rural children in overloaded, modified vans are common because there is a lack of safe school buses. Photo: Reuters

Fifteen kindergarten pupils in rural Guixi, Jiangxi province, crammed into a van designed for seven, plunged into the cold waters of a roadside pond on Christmas Eve because their driver, who owned their unauthorised kindergarten and who had only been driving for a year, lost control of the vehicle. Eleven children died.

30 Dec 2012 - 5:42am

Bus fees to double for Diocesan pupils

Parents will have to pay double next year to bus their sons to the elite Diocesan Boys' School.

The school is the latest to be stung by rising bus fees as transport operators, faced with higher fuel costs, seek more lucrative tourism charters.

23 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Third child dies after preschool bus accident

The death toll from a kindergarten bus accident in Guangdong climbed to three yesterday after another pupil died in hospital.

The accident in Yangchun city occurred on Monday, as new national regulations for school bus safety came into effect. Fourteen other children were injured, Xinhua reported.

11 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

10 children injured as bus tips over

Ten kindergarten pupils were injured when their school bus tipped onto its side in Harbin yesterday.

The accident happened when the children, all under the age of five, were on their way to kindergarten, Xinhua reported, citing local police.

Premier Wen Jiabao promised in his annual work report this year that the government would enhance school-bus safety.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


Paying for waste disposal would work

The government's idea of charging people for the waste they produce is a great one. If people have to buy special bags for their rubbish, those that dispose more will pay more.

25 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Death crash school bus 'overloaded with 87 pupils'

The 52-seat school bus that overturned into an icy ditch last week, killing 15 children in Jiangsu province, was overloaded with 87 passengers - more than double the official figure - according to an investigative journalist.

19 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Forced closure of schools linked to fatal accidents

The Ministry of Public Security is pushing regulators to address some of the root causes behind a spate of deadly school bus crashes in recent weeks as it moves to crack down on unsafe school buses.

17 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Buy school buses to stop the carnage

One of the biggest armies of commuters in China consists of pupils of county and township schools, as a result of official policy of closing and merging village schools. Since this has been going on for nearly 10 years, you would not expect safe transport to be an issue that tarnishes the nation's image.

16 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Fears of higher toll in Jiangsu school bus crash

A confession by police in Feng county, Jiangsu, that there were at least 41 primary school pupils on a school bus that plunged into an icy ditch on Monday, not 29 as previously reported, casts doubt on the death toll from the accident and claims that the bus was not overloaded.

16 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Need to protect innocent children

China is a powerful country but it has many problems. School bus safety is one of them. Last month, 19 kindergarten students were killed in a school bus crash in Gansu province. On Monday, at least 15 children died when a bus drove into a ditch in Jiangsu.

14 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

School bus toll keeps climbing despite vow

Another three school bus crashes on the mainland have claimed the lives of at least 17 children and injured dozens more in the past two days.

The tragedies came in the wake of Beijing issuing strict guidelines aimed at preventing such accidents.

14 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

New school bus rules proposed

The Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council posted a draft of new school bus safety regulations online yesterday for a month of public consultation, amid an ongoing public outcry after 19 kindergarten pupils were killed in a school bus crash in Gansu province last month.

12 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Schools must have enough buses before merging

Rural children should be able to attend schools near their homes, an education chief said yesterday, adding that school mergers would not be allowed unless there were enough buses to transport pupils.

3 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

For children of migrant workers, danger in numbers

It's hard to be a parent on the mainland these days, with children's safety threatened everywhere.

3 Dec 2011 - 12:00am