Department of Education facing a problem regarding transport for learners

Pietermaritzburg- The Department of Basic Education (DBE) is facing problems with the members of Parliament (MPs) on Tuesday for not being able to provide the correct number of pupils who need transport.

The DBE head of planning Ramaseli Mafoko gave the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education a document that stated that 541 728 all over the country need transport. But only 448 930 pupils were provided with transport.

According to reports in Kwa-Zulu Natal a number of 90 000 pupils need transport but 47 747 are provided with it.

But according to Mafoko the 90 000 number is incorrect, and the KZN Province is currently doing an audit to determine the number of pupils that need transport.

The MPs referred this case to the Kwa-Zulu Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg after accusing the Department of Education with lack of progress regarding the transport.

One of the MPs of the Democratic Alliance (DA) Sonia Boshoff raised an issue that hasn’t been discussed throughout this case, transport for disabled pupils.

“Once again, we don’t see anything on transport for disabled learners,” Boshoff said.

Boshoff also went on to say that her only worry and focus right now is the transport for pupils with special needs.

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