Bus driver: Special needs pupils two hourrs late for school

2011-10-28 00:00

A BUS driver at a school for children with special needs is facing a disciplinary hearing today (Friday) after many pupils have been arriving late at school and missing lessons for months.

The Entokozweni Special School at Sweetwaters caters for children with intellectual disabilities.

The parent of an 11-year-old pupil said sometimes her son waits for more than two hours from 6 am at the bus stop. “Even if it’s cold or raining my child waits. Sometimes [the driver] doesn’t pick them up,” the angry mother said.

School starts at 8 am, but the parents said the driver usually comes after the school bell has rung.

“My son cries when he realises that all his peers have gone to school and he didn’t,” said another mother, who is part of the School Governing Body (SGB). The family live in Tumbleweed township, Howick.

Parents said the driver also drops their children far from home “because he doesn’t like to drive on gravel”.

They said they pay a monthly transport fee of R300.

Education spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa said the driver responsible for the route took leave the week before schools closed in July and a week after the schools reopened, causing children to miss days of school.

The department also said the driver “has abruptly decided to start work at 8 am, causing learners to arrive late”.

• gabisile.ngcobo@witness.co.za

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