My major concern with the school bus issue is that all our children regardless of whether they come from a working background or a benefits background should be equally entitled to safely reach their place of education.
If children were being discriminated against in the same way with regards to religion or race, this would be a criminal offence and would be dealt with accordingly. Therefore why should they be discriminated against because their parents work?
As for the people who came to this decision, it would be interesting to see how many of them would be willing to walk almost 30 miles a week to and from work.
With both of us working in our house, there is no-one available to drop our son off at school in the morning as my husband, who is the only driver, starts work at 8am and his work would not be particularly understanding of him coming in late every morning and his company do not offer flexible working.
If South Lanarkshire Council would like to investigate further, most companies are only willing to be flexible until your child reaches the age of 8-10, well outwith high school age.
If we also look at the cost issue, many working families have had to make cuts already in these times of austerity, and at the latter end of the month struggle by before their next salary and may find it extremely difficult to find extra funding to get their children to school.
It makes no sense that this council will be willing to run buses anyway, although half empty to get a handful of children to school.
Lastly, it does make you wonder what the benefit of going out to work is, as this government wants to make it more rewarding to be in work, but I fail to see how this ludicrous decision is helping toward that. Carol Perham ( Mother of a Cathkin High School pupil)
My son attends Cathkin High and in winter it’s already dark when they leave school, especially on a Monday or Tuesday when school finishes at 4pm.
In my opinion, it’s too far for a child/teen to be walking in the dark. My first thought when the cuts were announced was that it is unsafe for my child.
I have emailed the council for a copy of the `safe’ walking route but have not had a reply.
I’ve heard that it will be walking up Howieshill Road, which I won’t even drive on if I can help it. The council have said that any route is only safe if the children are accompanied by an adult. I have MS, and I can’t walk him to school.
I’m very unhappy that buses are still to be put on for those who get free school meals.
Providing a free service to some and then not giving the others options to pay for that service is a nonsense. There is no alternative service bus provision (Drumsagard to Cathkin in our case).
I understand the thinking behind the move, those who get free school meals can’t afford to pay for alternative transport, but there is no alternative for anyone to pay for.
I have no issue with paying for a bus service. An option would be to give all those means tested a free bus pass and the rest pay.
Just like what happens at lunch. Yet with no buses on at all, it’s like having no cafeteria at school.
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