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WCED transport policy under fire over Vermaaklikheid battle

Parents in Vermaaklikheid are allegedly battling with the Provincial Education Department over a lack of buses to transport their children to various schools.

The provincial government is restricted to only subsidising transport arrangements for pupils to the nearest "appropriate" school.

(Also read our article: ANC Western Cape Education lays SAHRC complaint over scholar transport failures)

According to Jessica Shelver, Spokesperson for the Western Cape Education MEC, provincial policy does not allow the department to subsidise transport costs for the pupils.

Shelver says that the policy will be reviewed by the department in the coming weeks.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

EWN reporter Monique Mortlock spoke to mothers who have explained that they want their children to go to better schools in Riversdale, some 40km away.

They say that they struggle every single month to scrape together money for hostel fees and the weekly commute for their children. These are parents who are domestic workers and do not have a lot of income.

Monique Mortlock, EWN reporter

Mortlock says nearly 15 families living in government subsidised houses have found themselves in a desperate situation because of the high cost of sending their children to school.


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