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Bus drivers close Indian school

An Indian school in Singapore closed for three days when bus drivers failed to show up.

india Updated: Mar 06, 2006 11:23 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

An Indian school in Singapore arranged for new bus services Monday after it was brought to a standstill for three days last week when 50 drivers failed to show up, its principal said.

DPS International closed from Wednesday to Friday after drivers for Vision Bus Services failed to pick up students without any prior notice, said principal Rachna Pandit.

About 80 percent of the school's 700 students depend on two-way bus transport.

Pandit told The Straits Times that the school had been unhappy with the company's service and had decided against renewing the bus contract when it expired at the end of this month.

"They must have got wind of this and decided on the best way to hurt us," Pandit, 41, was quoted as saying.

The drivers failed to show up during the exam period, "when punctuality of the buses' arrival is crucial," she said.

The bus company claimed it halted services because the school had not settled its bills on time and owed nearly 60,000 Singapore dollars (US $37,000).

DPS has made a police report against Vision for breach of contract.

First Published: Mar 06, 2006 11:23 IST