2,000 less students to receive School Transport under Departments’ Plans – Nolan
Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Education and Skills Carol Nolan, has asked the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton to clarify plans to reduce the provision of School Transport contained in the revised estimates as published this morning.
Speaking in the Dáil chamber during statements on the revised estimates for Education and Skills, the Offaly TD said:
“The issue of school transport is one that is very topical at present as parents and children are starting the preparations for another school year.
“It states in the Revised Estimates that the target for this year is to provide school transport for 111,000 students.
“That is a decrease of 2,000 students from the 113,000 students who availed of school transport for the last school year.
“I am baffled as to how the Minister proposes to reduce this number in light of increasing numbers of enrolments.
“I notice also that there has been no additional funding allocated to the school transport service, despite increasing demographic pressures.
“I sincerely hope that the Minister will hold true to his word on this issue and there will be no cuts in school transport pending the outcome of the review of the scheme due to take place this year and I welcome any clarification that the Minister can offer in this regard.
“I am calling on the Minister to issue a statement immediately to clarify why the target for the provision of school transport has been reduced and no additional funding has been provided to address demographic pressures on the service.”