THE school drop-out headache continues for the province of Ra and this week members of its provincial council heard that transportation was a major contributing problem.
At a meeting held in Rakiraki Village, council member Osea Kasami said many students in the interior of Ra walked for hours to reach their schools.
He said some students did not get home until about 8pm.
Mr Kasami said despite efforts by various authorities, many students in the province had opted to drop out rather than walk the distance.
He said the province needed good roads and consistent bus services.
He pointed out that many of the affected students were from the Tokaimalo District.
Provincial administrator Sitiveni Tavaga said discussions would be held with the LTA and the concerned bus company on ways to solve the issue.
Mr Tavaga admitted that transportation problem was an issue for rural dwellers and assured council members that government would also work with LTA to allow RSL-registered vehicles to be used for students.
At the same time, he urged council members, especially the district representatives, to encourage parents of school drop-outs to persuade them to return to school.
Mr Tavaga said the transportation issue would be dealt with next week.