KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education Kwazi Mshengu says learners from Ekhamanzi Primary School near Greytown have been provided with scholar transport for the past nine years.
The department was taken to court in nine years ago when a picture of learners crossing a river to school surfaced.
Mshengu says upon the resurfacing of the pictures, he mandated the district manage to check if there are any new cases.
Joanne Joseph Mshengu about how they are solving the problem.
The report that I got yesterday is that there are about 20 learners now which are new cases of learners crossing a dry stream.— Kwazi Mshengu, MEC for Education - KwaZulu-Natal
I directed the district director that we need to provide scholar transport for those learners because we can't allow our learners to walk in such dangerous conditions.— Kwazi Mshengu, MEC for Education - KwaZulu-Natal
Mshengu says as the department, they are struggling with the budget for scholar transport.
In our calculations, if the department were to provide scholar transport for every deserving learner we need about a billion rand to run an effective scholar transport.— Kwazi Mshengu, MEC for Education - KwaZulu-Natal
He adds that the Department of Transport says a bridge cannot be built now due to financial constraints.
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