11,625 church and pri­vate school pupils us­ing free school trans­port

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Free school trans­port for church and pri­vate schools was cost­ing the gov­ern­ment an es­ti­mated €8.5 mil­lion a year and was be­ing used by 11,635 pupils, Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Evarist Bar­tolo said on Wed­nes­day.

Bar­tolo was re­ply­ing to par­lia­men­tary ques­tions by Na­tion­al­ist MP Si­mon Busut­til on the sub­ject. He also said that 972 ve­hi­cles had been reg­is­tered to pro­vide this ser­vice.

When asked by Busut­til if any com­plaints had been re­ceived re­gard­ing the ser­vice, Bar­tolo con­firmed that the min­istry had re­ceived com­plaints about late pick-up times. Al­though the gov­ern­ment’s role does not in­volve the op­er­a­tion of the ser­vice, com­plaints are be­ing ad­dressed by a depart­ment within the min­istry. They will be deal­ing with the ser­vice provider in an ef­fort to im­prove the ser­vice, he said.

Fur­ther­more, Bar­tolo said that no su­per­vi­sion was be­ing pro­vided for this scholas­tic year and that the ser­vice of free trans­port for all stu­dents was be­ing in­tro­duced grad­u­ally. Like in pre­vi­ous years, par­ents may opt for su­per­vi­sion but would need to pay for it.

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