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Bus fare help in 2010

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

THE bus initiative is expected to continue next year, says the Education Ministry.

Filipe Bole, who's responsible for the Education portfolio, said discussions were being held on the most cost-effective and efficient way of disbursing bus fares for children.

He said he was surprised and humbled by letters and phone calls from parents and schools expressing their gratitude and relief for the assistance.

"The bus fare assistance was aimed at improving school attendance and performance and decreasing the number of school dropouts," he said.

"Reports received from schools have proved a remarkable increase in attendance and said that more children have made it to school on time."

The bus fare assistance began in October following a public petition organised by Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education and Advocacy.

ECREA's Father Kevin Barr said the initiative was a great one.

"I've heard from a number of people that there has been record attendance," he said.





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