ORIHUELA’S Councillor for Education, Begoña Cuartero, has met with education authorities to discuss issues affecting the municipality but admitted the problem of school transport remains an issue: “We are waiting for the ministry to recheck reports of students who were denied aid and we have already asked police to provide more information on bus routes.”
The meeting comes after The Euro Weekly News reported last week on protests being held at the school in Playa Flamenca as numerous parents faced lengthy walks for falling just within the three kilometre radius which is now the requirement to gain a bus place.
Councillor Sofia Alvarez said last week that the town hall understood the frustrations of parents and said that the three kilometre regulation was a direct three kilometres which is very difficult to calculate on the Orihuela Costa and that, with road routes and pathways, young children could be faced with more than a three kilometre walk.
She explained the decision has come from the government, not from the town hall.
This week Councillor Alvarez continued to show her support to the AMPA parents association at the Los Dolses school as they also held protests demanding the Ministry of Education reinstate the school buses serving the coast.
The service has gone from four buses to two. Attending the latest protest Alvarez said: “Many students have to cross roads to get to school, it is intolerable that the department did not note this and give them the transportation they need.”
Meanwhile, during her meeting with the Territorial Director, Councillor Cuartero also discussed the location of the Adult School and confirmed it will remain at the IES Thader but that an agreement has only been signed for the next year as forecasts show they are expected to expand enrolments so space will be reduced: “The Department will also have to provide a location for a computer room as the centre cannot provide space” confirmed the Councillor for Education.