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Free and Supervised Transport to all Students Attending Kindergarten and Compulsory Schooling

​CLOSED CONSULTATION - CONSULTATION CONCLUDED
  
From:

Ministry for Education and Employment

Published on:​ ​12 March 2018​
Closes at: ​26 March 2018
​Last Updated: ​6 June 2018

 

Consultation Outcome: Final Report


Original Consultation

1.        Background

This White Paper seeks to widen the process of consultation on how the provision

of free and supervised school transport for all students attending kindergarten and

compulsory schooling is best achieved. The primary objectives of this paper are to:

• Review the current systems in use by state, church and independent schools for the

organisation of school transport;

• Identify different options of how this objective can be achieved; and

• Put forward proposals to address and mitigate identified challenges with a view to

limiting any adverse impacts of the proposed changes.


2.        Consultation Questions
 

Government proposes to achieve the promised service in the following manner:

      a)  ​  Government shall determine the service level conditions that need to be offered by transport operators. All school transport operators will be considered irrespective of their fleet size. However, those who are interested in providing the requested services to any state or non-state school shall be invited to agree to the set conditions.

      b)    Through a public market consultation, Government shall enter into a negotiated procedure in accordance with the public procurement regulations with all interested transport operators. By the end of this process a final list of accredited transport operators will be issued.

      c)    Government shall review the possibility of changing opening and closing times of certain state schools to facilitate the achievement of the set objective.

      d)    A call to all educators who are interested in providing transport supervision services shall be issued.

      e)    For the time being organisation of transport logistics shall continue to be administered in the manner it is at present. There are a number of different models which are currently in use and it is believed that these should continue to run autonomously.

      f)     No changes are being proposed in the way services are paid for. Government shall pay the transport operator directly in the case of state schools and parents pay for the service in the case of non-state schools.

      g)    Government will pay for the transport supervision services directly to teaching grades within state schools and will reimburse the church secretariat and independent schools for transport supervision performed by teaching grades employed with church and independent schools respectively.

      h)    Government shall remove the existing tax credit system and introduce a full refund system to all parents who make use of organised transport service with payment. Refunds will be capped at the amounts agreed upon by the end of the negotiated procedure mentioned in point (b) and will only be issued in respect of services carried out by accredited transport operators.

      i)     The refund system will be based on an opt in system. Students need to be registered in order to qualify for the refund. Use of the service will be monitored on a daily basis and those who register and fail to use the Service will be penalised.

      j)     The implementation of this policy might be spread over a number of stages to avoid creating any unnecessary upheaval.

 

This White Paper calls for further in-depth discussion, consultation and analysis of the above mentioned proposals. Feedback is being sought on the above mentioned proposals.​

 
3.        Documents
 


Please be informed that submissions will be published on the webpage of this consultation at the end of the scoping phase. The lead Ministry has sole discretion upon the publication of comments.
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·         Disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (Chapter 496)
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Press Release No: PR180404​
​Issue Date: 26 February 2018