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Vermaaklikheid parents battle with WCED over transport

Several families clashed with the education department over a lack of buses to take their children to school.

FILE: Parents in Vermaaklikheid clashed with the provincial education department over a lack of buses to take their children to school. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A row is brewing over the provision of learner transport to a poor fishing community in the Western Cape.

Parents in Vermaaklikheid clashed with the Provincial Education Department over a lack of buses to transport their children to various schools.

The National Learner Transport Policy only covers schools in the vicinity.

The provincial government is restricted to only subsidising transport arrangements for pupils to the nearest "appropriate" school.

About 15 families living in government subsidised houses have found themselves in a desperate situation because of the high cost of sending their children to school.

Eyewitness News spoke to mothers who've explained they want their children to go to better schools in Riversdale, some 40km away.

Anna Philander says her two sons are staying in a hostel, because there are no buses to take them to school every day.

"During August, I could only pay the hostel R600. I had to leave the other debt because there was not enough money."

Philander has been forced to take out several loans as the cost of keeping her boys in school mounts.