For many children, going to school is easy and stress free. Not so for 78 primary school children from the farming community in Oyster Bay.
These desperate learners have had no transport to travel to school since the 4th term. Some children have last attended school on 16 August when the transport contract with the service provider ended.
Then there is an additional 8 Secondary school learners that have to get to the departmental pick-up point in Umsamawethu, 25 km’s away from their farms. Once there, they travel to Humansdorp to attend high school. The parents have to pay a private contractor R 400 per child per month to transport their children from their farms to the pick-up point. But since July this private contractor is also no longer available to provide this service.
The parents and school children are desperate for help! So many role players have written e-mails and phoned so many people in different departments, but to no avail!
On Monday morning, 23 October, 2019, we decided to contact SABC News. They came on Wednesday morning to do an insert about the problems the children face on a daily base. Before they can broadcast this, they must first wait for the Department of Education to reply.
South Africa’s children are our future! The children of the Eastern Cape are precious. The children of the farming community in Oyster Bay need their hope to be restored. The education system is failing them.
The system is like an adult that gives a child a lovely box wrapped beautifully for Christmas. When the child opens the present, it is empty. The department provides a school and teachers but no transport! That is no gift at all!
Our children need to belief in their bright future because they had a chance to be educated like every other child in South-Africa!
Who will be the ones that will bring hope to Oyster Bay?