Councillor criticises school transport plans

By a County Press reporter

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

 

Councillor criticises school transport plans

Christ the King College. Picture by Peter Boam.

PLANS to axe free school transport for some students will have 'bizarre and Kafkaesque' consequences according to one councillor.

As previously reported, the Isle of Wight Council has proposed that students should only receive free transport to their nearest school.

The council has also proposed scrapping subsidised post-16 transport.

Tory education spokesman Cllr Chris Whitehouse said families whose nearest school was Christ the King College would have to apply there to receive free travel — even if they did not want their children to attend the Christian school.

"West Wight children, if they wanted free travel to Carisbrooke College, would first have to apply at Christ the King. Only when they are turned down could they then ask for travel to Carisbrooke.

"What is worse, children from atheist, agnostic or other faith families who definitely don’t want to attend Christ the King might find themselves forced to apply and be admitted under their community places scheme! This would be Kafkaesque and completely bizarre," he said.

As reported in April, Christ the King was oversubscribed to for applications, with 329 applications for 270 places.

A consultation on the proposals runs until July 23. Comments can be submitted at www.iwight.com

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