Education department sits idle as Public Works withdraws scholar transport

By Jane Sithole MPL, DA Spokesperson on Education:

The DA is sad to learn that 191 learners from Nokuthula Primary School in Mkhondo municipality have been left without any means to get to school after the provincial Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport (PWRT) withdrew its scholar transport system.

Concerned parents along with the School Governing Body (SGB) and the school principal have been trying to compel the department of Education to intervene since 24 July this year, but they have had no success.

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The withdrawal of the scholar transport and cancellation of certain routes by the department of PWRT at this late stage of the year is without a doubt impacting negatively on the lives and education of all the learners and could lead to them failing their exams. The school has been closed since 25 August this year.

Neither the department of PWRT nor the department of Education have responded to any of the letters sent by the school adding to the learners confusion as they are due to write their final exams in the coming weeks.

The right to education is entrenched in the Constitution. The actions of the department of PWRT under the leadership of MEC Dumisile Nhlengethwa coupled with the silence of Education MEC, Reginah Mhaule is actively denying the children of Nokuthula Primary School their constitutional right to education.

The two MEC’s must work together and urgently intervene in this matter because while they continue to ignore the plight of these 191 learners, valuable teaching time is being lost.

The DA will continue to fight for quality education for all learners in every school. Every child deserves the opportunity to reach their potential through access to quality education which also requires a reliable transport mode to school.