Mum may have to quit her job over schoolbus mix-up
12-YEAR-OLD WAS ‘TOO LATE’ TO GET TICKET
PARENTS of a 12 year old attending a south Wicklow situated school have been forced to juggle their jobs for the school run because a mix-up meant their child didn’t receive a bus ticket.
Now the mother of the family may have to consider giving up her job in order to drop off her son at school each day and pick him up.
The student only started secondary school this year and despite living in the school’s catchment area, he has so far been refused a ticket from C.I.E..
Now his frustrated father feels the family have been seriously let down, with no one taking responsibility for a mix-up which resulted in C.I.E never receiving an application form in time.
‘The school told us they would sort things out if we sent them the application forms for bus tickets. We applied last February and heard nothing back so in August we contacted C.I.E to see what the delay was. They told us they had never received the forms and sent out another form for us to fill in. We sent that back to them straight away only to receive a letter to say we were a late applicant and therefore wouldn’t be getting a ticket.’
C.I.E have refused to relent, even though the family say that other children with tickets for the bus aren’t from the catchment area for the school. The parents have since tired to get their son on a private bus that takes a similar route but that too is sold out.
‘Somewhere in the system between the school and C.I.E the forms got lost. We don’t feel we were late because we had everything filled out and signed in February,’ insists the father.
Having to transport their son to and from school each day is also affecting the couple’s work, with the wife now considering quitting or changing jobs so she has to free time for the school run.
They remain hopeful that C.I.E may be able to come to their assistance, but so far feel they keep coming up against a brick wall.
‘Our son is settled in the school now so we don’t want to move him. If we were told in May or June of the trouble we could come up against then we would have sent him to a different school all together.’