R194 mln set aside to help KZN pupils travel to school

2017-06-21 06:03

THE KwaZulu-Natal Education Department has set aside R194 million and procured eight ferry boats to help pupils get to school.

The department’s spokesperson, Kwazi Mthethwa, said they conducted an audit in all KZN schools to identify pupils that are forced to cross rivers or dams when attending schools.

He said the audit revealed that 181 schools in the province have pupils who cross rivers or dams when going to schools.

Mthethwa further said that R194 million has been set aside to provide road transport to 47 747 pupils in KwaZulu-Natal.

“A total of eight ferry boats have been procured of which four have already been delivered and distributed to Nkovukeni, Nkonjane and Hlengiwe schools in Umkhanyakude District,” said Mthethwa.

The ferry boat programme currently caters for 415 pupils in the province.

“We are making every effort possible to ensure that this mode of transport is made available to all deserving schools,” he said.

The ferry boat programme was launched on April 20 this year in Nkovukeni River, Umhlabuyalingana, under uMkhanyakude District by provincial MEC for Education Mthandeni Dlungwana.

Mthethwa said Umkhanyakude District, in northern KZN, remains one of the priority areas given the fact that it is mostly rural and does not have adequately developed infrastructure.

Another ferry boat has been allocated to three more schools in the area of Madonela in the district.

“This is a success story that will go a long way in broadening access to quality education.

“In the meantime, ground transport is being provided for learners to travel to and from the affected schools in the area of Madonela,” added Mthethwa.

- The Witness

V Kwazi Mthethwa, KZN education department spokesperson : “We are making every effort possible to ensure that this mode of transport is made available to all deserving schools.”

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