Scholar transport still a pipe dream for thousands of SA pupils

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Scholar transport still a pipe dream for thousands of SA pupils

They run the gauntlet of robbers and must cross raging rivers as they trudge up to 3km to class

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A shocking 168,396 pupils countrywide, including 117,248 from KwaZulu-Natal alone, are being forced to use private transport or walk to school despite qualifying for state-subsidised scholar transport.

Basic education department director-general Mathanzima Mweli confirmed that the provincial education departments had planned to transport 538,163 of the 706,559 eligible pupils for the period April 2019 to March 2020.

Only 59,647 out of the 176,895 pupils in KZN who qualify for scholar transport are receiving it although hundreds of pupils have been risking their lives daily crossing raging rivers to get to some schools in the province...

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