Parents warned against parking haphazardly


First-day confusion: A Form One student (in white shorts) waiting for his mother to pick him up after being dropped off at SMJK Jit Sin in Bukit Mertajam when he was supposed to be attending Jit Sin Independent High School. — ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

BUKIT MERTAJAM: Parents sending or picking up their children from school have been advised not to park their vehicles haphazardly along the roads.

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Soffian Santong said policemen would be deployed to several traffic junctions near schools to monitor the traffic situation.

“Roads are a bit congested during school hours as all students have now returned to school.

“I urge the public not to come out unnecessarily as Penang is still under the conditional movement control order.”

He also said they should not park by the road or block traffic.

At SMJK Jit Sin here, traffic congestion was under control, thanks to the school’s parentteacher association (PTA) that assisted with traffic coordination.

The school’s PTA chairman Yap Kim Gui said most students were dropped off by their parents while some came by school bus in the morning.

He said they ensured vehicles were driven in a single direction to avoid blocking entrances.

“Parents were informed ahead of time of the traffic coordination plan. So far, everyone has been cooperative.”

Sales manager Chan Peng Lee, 48, said he took the day off and rode his motorcycle from Machang Bubok to trail his 13-year-old daughter’s school bus until it reached the school.

“I was curious about the route that will be taken by the bus and was worried that she might face difficulty upon reaching school.

“She proceeded happily into school when she arrived. That’s a good sign, ” said Chan, who has two other children in different schools.

A total of 2,318 students are enrolled in the school this year.

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