Eastern Cape pupils must walk to school
Johannesburg - Thousands of Eastern Cape school pupils will have to walk to school next week after the education department suspended scholar transport until the end of March.
Dispatch Online reported on Friday that the department had run out of money.
Due to the department’s financial constraints, service providers were notified their contracts had been terminated. The department transports more than 100 000 pupils from poorer schools in the province.
The suspension of scholar transport came as no surprise as the department had a projected over-expenditure of R3.1bn, the Dispatch reported.
Superintendent-general Modidima Mannya confirmed the decision.
"We have run out of funds for scholar transport. We need R214m to take us to the end of the financial year in March," he said.
"We owe a lot to service providers, but I can’t tell you the exact amount. That is the situation we find ourselves in."