NGOs: Learner Transport Claims a Lie

Civil society organisations dismiss a claim by the departments of; - basic education and transport that 71 percent of pupils get state sponsored transport to school

Civil society organisations have dismissed a claim by the departments of; - basic education and transport that 71 percent of pupils get state sponsored transport to school.
 
President of the National Professional Teachers Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA), Basil Manuel, has described government’s claim as a ‘lie’ and a ‘complete fabrication’, adding that he would like to see how they came to that figure.
 
In their presentation made by the two departments to the portfolio committee on basic education, they stated that, “about 4.2 percent of all learners qualified for learner transport, but of those, only 71 percent were being transported, with most of those not benefiting being in the rural provinces.”
 
The Equal Education Law Centre also questioned the accuracy of the figures in the presentation.
 
To read the article titled, “Government figures on transporting pupils to school ‘a lie’,” click here.

Source: 
Mail & Guardian

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