Gov’t Owes $$ To School Transportation Operators
Persons who transport public school students are still waiting on outstanding payments from the government.
This was revealed by Education Minister Dr. Natalio Wheatley in response to questions posed in the House of Assembly this week.
He said that the arrangement to subsidize transportation for public schools still exists however, the transportation operators have not yet received up to date payments.
The minister went on to explain why, “the preparation agreement for the transportation operators was delayed by the process to actually get the number of students that are being transported. The face to face opening of schools has increased the number of students being transported on a daily basis. Agreements have been prepared and awaiting the signature of the operators.”
However, Hon. Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull, Second District Representative who asked the question, further queried for the minister to state what was the last date that the operators were paid and the timeframe for the new contracts.
“I will have to get that information and bring it back to the member which I will be glad to do,” minister Wheatley responded.
Hon. Turnbull further pressed, “while I can take the minister does not have the time period for which the operators are not paid up to date, if they are contracts awaiting operators’ signatures, what time period are those contracts awaiting signatures for?”
However, the minister insisted he is unable to provide more information.
“I will get that information for the member and bring it back. I don’t have that information in front of me,” the education minister insisted.