From Naabenyin Joojo Amissah
Parents of school pupils in the Cape Coast Metropolis who pay for their kids to be transported to and from their various schools can now heave a sigh of relief as the Metropolitan Assembly plans to transport the kids for free.
In the Assembly’s quest to provide free transportation to the pupils, it has dedicated a new bus to be used to convey them to and from school free of charge.
This forms part of the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Ernest Arthurs’ effort to increase enrolment and improve quality education in Cape Coast.
It would be recalled that the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Cape Coast South Constituency, Mr Kweku Rickets Hagan, already has two buses that are used for a similar purpose.
However, his buses only transport basic school pupils in his constituency, leaving out those from outside his jurisdiction.
The Assembly’s new bus would be expected to augment the MP’s effort to curtail the suffering of many parents who still pay for the transportation of their wards to and from school in the metropolis.
This means that other pupils who were not favoured by Mr Rickets Hagan’s free transport initiative can also now enjoy same.
In an interview with The Chronicle, the Mayor explained that “the free transportation would be provided for pupils in both private and public basic schools.”
“The honourable MP started this good initiative, and we wish to support it and ensure that pupils do not walk long distances to school,” he added.
The long bus to be used to convey the pupils was given to the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly by the Ministry of Local Government Rural Development (MLGRD).