by Andrew Louw – DA Northern Cape Premier Candidate
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Date: 11 October 2018
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Northern Cape is calling on the MEC of Education, MEC Martha Bartlett, to urgently intervene in the disruption in learner transport in the Ganspan area, as the fourth quarter gets underway.
Since the start of the school term, at least 65 primary school learners from Mataleng have been left in the lurch by the bus that is meant to ferry the children 10 kilometres to the school in Jan Kempdorp, and another 10 kilometres back again, every day.
On Monday, the young learners walked the 20 kilometre route. On Tuesday, not one of the affected children attended school. Over the past two days, a few of the children have been undertaking the long trek to school along deserted stretches of veld, while the others remain at home.
This is unacceptable.
These children are not only missing out on a crucial part of their education but they are also being exposed to criminal elements and extreme temperatures amidst ongoing heat waves.
The department, which is meant to be the guardian of these children during school hours, must take responsibility for these children’s lack of access to education, as well as for their wellbeing and safety.
The DA will write to Bartlett, appealing to her to intervene before these children fall too far behind with their school syllabus and before any harm comes to any of them.
Every child deserves a quality education but if they can’t even get to school, there can be little hope of a better tomorrow.
Only change under a DA-led government will ensure efficient and effective management of learner transport so that all children, regardless of their circumstances, have safe access to education.
DA Northern Cape Premier Candidate
082 383 6914
Shelley De Witt
082 847 1387