New Brunswick Minister of Education Roland Hache has refused a request to share information on the costs of the provincial driver training program that trains volunteer mothers, fathers, coaches, teachers and others to drive MFAVs transporting students to extra-curricular events, in complete contradiction to the Coroners Jury recommendation #6 which called for "nothing less" than "qualified, class 2 yellow school bus drivers" behind the wheels of MFAVs.
Sent: Friday, May 14, 2010 9:02 AM
Subject: Recommendation #6 from the Coroner's Inquest
Dear Mrs. Hains, Mrs. Acevedo and Mrs. Kelly:
I am writing in response to your email of April 15, 2010 in which you raised the issue of the Department of Education position with regards to Recommendation #6 from the Coroner’s Inquest and also raised questions about the driver training program.
As you know, coaches, teachers, principals and DEC members who attended the Minister’s Forum advised that it is neither feasible nor necessary to use a school bus driver for all extra-curricular travel. This continues to be our position and I do not consider it necessary to meet with you at this time to further discuss this issue.
With regards to your questions about driver training, these are more appropriately dealt with under the Right to Information Act.
cc. Honourable John Foran , Minister of Public Safety
Honourable Denis Landry, Minister of Transportation