Now I've heard it all. A certificate for catching the BUS!

Fare achievement ... bemused student Bobby, seen here waiting for a bus


A teenager was gobsmacked when he got a certificate for catching the BUS.


Bobby McHale, 15, was posted the award by his local council. Accredited by an official exam board and entitled Using Public Transport, it recognised his ability to:
  • WALK to the bus stop
  • STAND or SIT at a bus stop and wait for the arrival of a public bus
  • Sit on the bus and OBSERVE through windows
  • WAIT until it stops and exit the bus
Bizarre ... the certificate which praises him for being able to 'sit and observe through the windows'

Bobby did a three-week course at a youth centre when he chalked up the certificate without realising.

Bobby said: "At first I thought I'd got a GCSE early. When I read it out to the family we all fell about laughing." He was one of 920 11 to 15-year-olds on the council-run Bury and Rochdale Activity Generation outdoor activities scheme in Lancashire.

About 300 on the Government-funded £20,000-a-year initiative got certificates - ratified by exam board AQA - recognising achievements in various areas.

Other certificates were handed out for using a cafe, undressing and dressing, washing hands and making a cold drink.

Dad Andy said: "We're bemused. We think he may go far - if he gets the bus!"

Barbara Lewis, manager of Bury Youth Support Services, said: "This certificate isn't just about getting on a bus, it's about time management, working out bus routes and travelling alone."

Just when I thought the world couldn't get any more ludicrous! You have to laugh.

story from The Sun

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