James Masango MPL
Provincial Chief Whip of the Official Opposition.
Learners and parents in the Phola/Ogies area who have been left stranded by government’s failure to provide sufficient scholar transport can now breathe a collective sigh of relief after the Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport agreed to provide additional transport to and from school.
The DA welcomes the department’s decision but finds it regrettable that it had to take almost two months of interaction and a looming investigation by the Human Rights Commission before acting on its mandate.
While learners are finally able to attend school without risk to their own personal safety, we remain concerned about those who had no other option but stay at home and miss two months of classes.
We will therefore submit written parliamentary questions to education MEC Reginah Mhaule asking to explain what interventions the department has in place in order to make up for the lost school time, and how the department will implement these plans and bring these young learners up to date.