Online poll: Bus wardens are ‘vital’

Wardens are vital to keeping control and being there in an emergency. 

That’s the view of nearly 6 out of 10 respondents in the latest Cayman Compass poll. 

Of the 402 participants, 235, or 58.4 percent, were of that opinion. Further, 14 other people (3.5 percent) said that employment was created by retaining the post.  

On the other hand, 79 respondents, or 19.7 percent, felt that at $1,700 per month each, the posts were too expensive to retain. Another 65 people said that wardens ought to be phased out; that 16.2 percent had selected the poll option that, “Surely school kids aren’t so rowdy that they need constant monitoring on buses.” 

The remaining nine people, or 2.2 percent, selected “Other.” 

Of those pollsters who were in favor of keeping the status quo, several opinions were also shared. 

“Anyone ever take a car ride with a couple of kids and notice how distracting it can be to keep them in line while trying to drive?” began one respondent. “Now multiply that by ten. Or however many more kids are in the bus than your car. Oh, and however many more feet long the bus is than your car.” 

More than one person said that the idea was good but the implementation was not necessarily ideal. 

“[T]hey need to be properly trained in dealing with children and there should be cameras too to monitor THEIR behavior as well. Children’s safety is important and the buses are a vital part of the government school system.” 

Another respondent took a gloomier view. 

“From what I am hearing about [what] kids are doing, you will soon need RCIPS,” read that person’s comment. 

The expense of the posts brought some feedback also. 

“Replace the recurring salary cost by installing a video monitoring system and actually hold parents and children accountable for any breaches of the rules,” suggested one person. 

“Let the parents volunteer,” postulated another respondent. “Especially the parents of the ‘rowdy’ ones.” 

Others were of the opinion that school kids weren’t all that rowdy. 

“Maybe some of all these volunteer clubs might want to start offering their service in this manner as well,” one individual wrote. “But I’ve never really seen a need to have wardens on the buses.” 

Another person – ostensibly with insider experience – put the onus back on the parents. 

“Us drivers should report kids who misbehave, and maybe if the parents have to take them to school for a month, it would resolve the problem,” offered the respondent. 

Those who chose “Other” had plenty to say also. 

“Not required,” declared a reader. “Install CCTV cameras and punish offenders.” 

Another person had some ideas about how to address the situation effectively. 

“I don’t see a huge problem with having wardens, but Cayman should probably see what other countries do and follow that model,” the poll participant summed up. 

“$1,700 per month isn’t absurd but works out to be a little expensive at around $20 per hour if you figure 20 or 21 days per month, four hours per day. Surely they can pay what amounts to a babysitter less money, and maybe only assign them to certain problem routes.” 

A final respondent was succinct with their words. 

“If children can’t behave, they shouldn’t be allowed to travel on the buses,” said the Compass reader. 

Next week’s poll question 

  1. Do you think the duty rate cuts in the budget will make any difference to your bills? 
  2. Yes, it’ll save me money. Every cent counts. 
  3. No, it’ll only mean a few dollars, who cares about $2 off a $100 shopping bill? 
  4. It should have been much bigger. Everything is so expensive here. 
  5. Government needs all the money it can get. Reverse these duty rate cuts. 
  6. Other. 

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