THE KwaZulu-Natal Education Department has set aside R194 million and procured eight ferry boats to help pupils get to
KZN DoE spokesperson, Kwazi Mthethwa, said they conducted an audit in all KZN schools to identify pupils who are forced to cross rivers or dams to get to school.
He said the audit revealed that 181 schools have pupils who cross rivers or dams going to and from school.
Mthethwa said R194 million has been set aside to provide road transport to 47 747 pupils in KwaZulu-Natal.
â€œA total of eight ferry boats have been
procured of which four have already been delivered and distributed to Nkovukeni, Nkonjane and Hlengiwe schools in the
Umkhanyakude district,â€� said Mthethwa.
The ferry boat programme currently
caters for 415 pupils.
â€œWe are making every effort possible to ensure that this mode of transport is made available to all deserving schools,â€� he said.
The ferry boat programme was launched on April 20 in Nkovukeni River, Umhlabuyalingana, under uMkhanyakude District by the provincial MEC for Education Mthandeni Dlungwana.
Mthethwa said Umkhanyakude district, in northern KZN, remains one of the priority
areas given the fact it is mostly rural and does not have developed infrastructure.
Another ferry boat has been allocated to three more schools in the Madonela area.
â€œThis is a success story that will go a long way in broadening access to quality education.
â€œIn the meantime, ground transport is being provided for pupils to travel to and from the affected schools in the Madonela area,â€� added Mthethwa.
â€” Witness Reporter.