With less than two weeks to go until the schools return, parents of students are finding it increasingly difficult to get their sons and daughters onto a school bus for the upcoming academic year…
It led Wexford TD Verona Murphy to label the “city-centric government” a “disgrace.”
Today, Sinn Féin TD Johnny Mythen echoed Verona Murphy’s views.
In a statement released to Wexford Weekly this evening, Mythen stated that the issues need to be addressed and it would be a win-win for parents, pupils, and the environment if the School Transport Scheme was expanded.
“This week, parents across Wexford are getting notified that they have failed to secure a seat for their child on the local school bus.
“Every year the School Transport Scheme is significantly over-subscribed here and instead of harnessing this demand, the government are choosing to ignore the major problems this is creating and repeated, year after year.
“This causes huge financial and social problems for parents who are trying to juggle their work commitments and make sure their children get to their school classes.
“While the decision by Government to eliminate school transport fees for the 2022/2023 school year is welcome, it does nothing to address the ongoing capacity constraints. More needs to be done.
“Sinn Féin have called for 10,000 extra seats to be added to the system across the state, in addition to investing in new school buses and eliminating school transport fees. That would make a real difference to the lives of families here in Co. Wexford and ensure every child can arrive at school safe and sound.
“By expanding this scheme, we can cut transport emissions, reduce dangerous traffic congestion outside schools, while providing families with a convenient method of transport for their children.
“Expanding the School Transport Scheme is a win-win for parents, pupils, and for the environment.
“The Ministers for Transport and Education must immediately increase capacity to ensure as many children as possible here in Co. Wexford can get their seat on the school bus,” he told Wexford Weekly.
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