People are pissed over LTO’s request that students not ‘go to school too early’

Screenshot: Jacque Manabat / ABS-CBN News
Screenshot: Jacque Manabat / ABS-CBN News

Face-to-face classes started this week across the country after two years of online remote learning and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has asked students to refrain from “going to school too early” to prevent road accidents. The seemingly bizarre request has raised eyebrows among the public.

ABS-CBN reporter Jacque Manabat, who covered the opening of classes at a public school in Quezon City, tweeted that the transport agency advised the public not to go to school too early so “they would not put the children at risk of getting hit by a vehicle on the road.”

“What kind of thinking is that?” one user questioned.

“First day of school happens only once a year. Come on. If the police were establishing peace and order, like putting barriers on the sides of the road, and assisting children going to school, it would not be chaotic,” another user wrote.

“Then that would mean parents going to school would be late, and children would be late in attending their classes,” another pointed out.

“People would not want to leave their homes early if they had a choice, but have to because of heavy traffic. The catch is that our traffic situation is so erratic that you always need to set aside allowance in case there is more traffic than anticipated,” one chimed in.

“It’s also so difficult to ride public transportation, the lines at the LRT and bus stations are so long. Even the line for the bus carousel on EDSA is ridiculous. When you get to work or school you’re either drenched from sweat or the rain,” another complained.

One user did not hold back. “Government agencies never ceases to amaze me with their stupidity. Just when you thought you heard the dumbest shit and policy, someone will almost always be stupider.”

“They’re called the Land Transportation Office, yet it’s the pedestrians who have to adjust. The competence, indeed,” another sarcastically remarked.

Other users requested government agencies improve public transportation before schools fully return to face-to-face classes in November.

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