More than 2 700 learners miss out on school work as taxi blockade rages on

Another day of taxi blockade saw thousands of learners in the Khayelitsha and surrounding areas, missing out on school time, yet again, on Thursday.

Education MEC, David Maynier alleges that taxi associations are attempting to muscle in on scholar transport contracts.

According to the Western Cape Education Department (WCED), more than 2 700 learners from 87 schools could not attend class on Thursday. Of these, 2 465 learners are part of the WCED’s contracted Learner transport Scheme.

Albeit a lot absent, this is a decline compared to Wednesday’s 4 500 and Tuesday’s 4 200.

‘’We reiterate that the Western Cape Education Department will not meet with any minibus taxi association until the blockade is terminated, and teaching and learning resumes at our schools without disruption,’’ said Western Cape’s Education MEC, David Maynier.

‘’We will not tolerate minibus taxi associations terrorising our parents and children, who want to use their Learner Transport Scheme busses,’’ he added.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

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