Absentees: bus delays leave pupils stranded

2009-07-24 00:00

DURBAN schools are recording an unusually high rate of absenteeism and according to the Education Department in the province, the halted bus services are to blame.

The MEC for Education in the province, Senzo Mchunu, said hundreds of pupils continue to miss school in this school term, where it is critical for pupils, especially matriculants, not to miss a single day of school.

In a statement released yesterday, Mchunu said he hoped the situation would be resolved amicably as a matter of urgency, as it is definitely impacting negatively on pupils and teachers.

“It is an unfortunate situation indeed. We share the concern with all the parents and schools of affected learners.”

Mchunu encouraged members of the community to start lift clubs to assist stranded pupils.

“We must assist each other where possible and begin to say your child is my child. Just offering a lift to a friend or neighbour’s child can make much of a difference,” he said.

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