The Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts (MEHA) launched an online survey form yesterday to assist school students who are in need of transport assistance through the Government Subsidised Blue e-Transport Cards.

“The information collected through this survey provides us with a more direct insight into the issues that these students face,” said MEHA Minister, Hon. Rosy Akbar.

“By analysing this, the Ministry will better understand the specific needs of our young ones, which in turn will allow us to do even better when it comes to helping them with transport assistance.”

Heads of Schools are required to download the Transport Assistance Form from the Ministry Website and provide it to students who are seeking transport assistance. All collated information should then be uploaded on FEMIS.

Students who require transport assistance can collect application forms from their teachers and/or Heads of Schools and need to provide all necessary supporting documents.

The documents required include:
– copies of tax identification numbers for both parents and guardians
– salary slips and/or employment contracts of parents or guardians
– statutory declarations for applicants whose parents/guardians do not have documentations on sustainable income
– other documents such as evidence of social welfare payments

Parents who may have recently lost their employment, or have reduced hours of work, due to the economic impact of #COVID19 can provide documentary evidence to support the applications.

Minister Akbar said, “We will assist children who require transportation support – provided they furnish us with the required information. I ask that parents be supportive and do their part by ensuring that all lost or damaged cards are reported to avoid any travel inconvenience.”

Time restrictions on the cards are still in place and can only be used between 6.30 am to 9.00 am and 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm from Monday to Friday.

Minister Akbar reminds children travelling via public transport to use clean face coverings and ensure hygiene is practised at all times and also reminds parents to facilitate this by continuing to encourage safe hygiene practices.

Minister Akbar wishes students who will return to school next week well in their journey.

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