|Premier Wen Jiabao on Sunday pledged government funds to improve and provide school bus services after a deadly crash in Gansu Province killed 19 children on Nov. 16, Xinhua reported.
|Wen said at the opening ceremony of the fifth national meeting on women and children affairs in Beijing that the government is working to create safety regulations and standards for the design and production of school buses.
|The central and local governments will bear the cost of bringing the buses up to standard, the premier said.
|Officials will face investigations into their liability if tragedies such as the one in Gansu occur again, he warned.
Yuan Guilin, an education professor at Beijing Normal University, has proposed that all school buses should be equipped with black boxes, and the government should also improve the wages and benefits for drivers to prevent them from taking extra jobs and often driving tired.
(China.org.cn November 29, 2011)