Premier Bus Service (PBS), one of the local public transport operators, has embarked on a campaign to promote education of the girl child by offering complementary coach tickets and awards to Blantyre-based students of Mary Mount Catholic Private Secondary School in Mzuzu.
PBS has since gone into partnership with the girls’ parents to ferry students when schools open and close. The service has also been extended to parents during school visiting days.
Apart from the coach services, the company will also reward best students with free coach tickets and stationery.
For a start, the company offered a coach service to the parents last Friday to visit their children on Saturday.
Speaking in an interview on Saturday, PBS sales and marketing manager Maxwell Phangaphanga said the company wants to contribute towards promoting girls education in the country by according them safe and comfortable means of travel.
He said as a way of promoting competition and ensuring best academic results, the company will reward best students every term with free coach tickets and stationery. Students who scoop position one in class will get complementary tickets while those that come second will get stationery.
One of the parents, Charles Kamoto, said the idea of complementary tickets to best students will encourage the girls to work hard.
He said such services are what parents look for from service providers. n