The start of the new school semester causes nightmarish traffic snarls in Thai cities, but Mater Dei School in downtown Bangkok has set a fine example for others with rules that greatly reduce congestion in the vicinity on Sukhumvit Road.
Deputy police chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul and other officers were there on Wednesday morning, watching as parents dropping off their children followed arrow signals in an orderly fashion and stopped in front of school for no more than five seconds.
Students cooperated by having their bags ready and hopping out of their parents’ vehicles on the correct side. Within seconds they were being greeted by teachers.
The police were impressed to learn that the practice had been successfully followed for a decade.
The semester got off to a safe start in the troubled south border provinces, with security officers on duty outside primary schools in Yala’s Muang district.
Ban Tha Sap School students in their fresh uniforms were dropped off by parents in an atmosphere of peace and order.