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The WCED is spending an estimated figure of R359 million a year transporting more than 50 000 learners to and from school every day.

I will write parliamentary questions to the Minister of Education in the Province, as to whether her Department’s ‘Safe Schools programme’ will be including new initiatives and programmes to tackle safety surrounding children going to – or coming from school.

In response to Equal Educations’ social audit report at schools presented yesterday that stated that little effort is being made to create safe and secure school environments is a generalisation and in fact not true in the Western Cape.

The safety of every one of our learners and teachers remains of vital importance to us. It pleases me that the WCED has already established Safe-Schools coordinators in every district, who serves as a liaison with schools on Safety issues.

Several initiatives have been undertaken as a measure to eliminate the problems of transportation experienced by rural learners and as a mechanism to alleviate the crime experienced by learners who have to potentially walk long distances in areas deemed unsafe.

Furthermore, I am also pleased to announce that the WCED is also embarking on additional endeavours such as trying to expand access to hostel facilities in rural areas so that learners can participate in after school programmes which include afternoon classes and sporting activities.

The DA in the Western Cape remains committed to deliver and to expand quality education in the Province in order to provide more opportunities for youth development.

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