Lack of scholar transport denies rural learners education opportunity

Khume Ramulifho MPL

Spokesperson on Education

The DA in Gauteng has written to MEC Creecy requesting urgent intervention regarding rural school scholar transport. The DA has been informed that learners from Wedela Primary and Wedela Technical High School in the West Rand are battling to attend school due to lack of scholar transport in the area.

The DA was informed that children attending these two schools have missed more than 30 days of school this year due to the lack of scholar transport because the contractor is not paid, the bus arrives after 09:00 or the contract has ended with the transport service provider and has not been renewed.

These learners are from farms between Fochville and Potchestroom. Since the opening of the school this term, many learners have been sitting at home while a few of them have had to wake up at 04:30am to walk 7km from their homes to school or attempt to get a lift.

This is unacceptable, as the Department has set aside a budget for all learners who travel more than 5km from home to the nearest school.

The DA urges the Department to ensure that all learners in Gauteng, including those from rural areas, have access to quality basic education. MEC Creecy must intervene to ensure that learners don’t lose any more schooldays.