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