UAE to bring in new tech to prevent more school bus deaths

Announcement comes a month after court upholds decision to close school over death of schoolgirl from heat exhaustion
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By Staff writer
Sun 25 Jun 2017 09:02 AM

New technology is to be fitted in all school buses in Dubai and the northern areas to prevent cases of pupils being locked inside.

The joint committee of the Ministry of Education and Emirates Transport has announced the adoption of the smart system for students' safety, state news agency WAM reported.

The first phase includes installing the devices in 2,345 school buses between August and October, with implementation starting in November. The system will cover all school buses that service the 100,000 students enrolled in 383 government schools in Dubai and the northern areas, it added.

The move comes a month after the Court of Cassation Abu Dhabi upheld the decision of the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) to close Al Worood Academy Private School, after a three-year-old pupil died from heat exhaustion when she was left locked inside the school bus.

Abdulrahman Mohammed Al Hammadi, Under-Secretary of Ministry of Education, stressed the desire of the ministry to provide the safety and security requirements in all school transport facilities.

Mohammed Abdullah Al Jarman, general manager of Emirates Transport, said the smart system aimed to prevent incidents of students being left behind in buses or other human errors using three devices.

These include the student's identification card to ensure that the student has boarded the bus, a second device to ensure that the bus is empty by the end of its journey and a third device to emit loud sound alerts if students are left behind.

A central control centre will monitor the movements of the buses and send warnings about the events taking place on the roads.

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