Totana City Council reiterates to the Ministry of Education to study the need to develop a Regional School Transportation Plan that includes as beneficiaries of this service students of non-compulsory education (especially Baccalaureate and Vocational Training).
The initiative, which was already approved last October by the municipal plenary session and that allowed the unanimous request of the municipal Corporation, aims to make it easier for any student to remain without attending his educational center due to the lack of this basic service.
In addition, it is proposed to carry out the necessary legal modifications in the school transport order so that the students who teach in the different centers of the municipality can make use of said transport, when there are remaining places, establishing a level of priorities, such as age or distance from the school, among others.
The regulations on school transport states that the Ministry of Education and Culture may authorize the use of buses assigned to routes contracted with companies in the sector by post-compulsory education students enrolled in public schools.
This circumstance occurs in cases where there are surplus seats in the vehicle and there are circumstances that make it particularly difficult to travel to the corresponding centers because there are no regular transportation routes that can be used, nor the possibility of hiring discretionary services due to the scarcity number of students affected.
In the event that the number of students requesting to use the service is greater than the number of places available, those students whose residence is further away from the center will have preference.
But the reality is that many of the students of non-compulsory education are excluded from the use of such school transport, since compulsory education students have priority when it comes to benefiting from this service.
For this reason, it is urgent that the Ministry of Education make available to students the necessary places so that no student is left without school transport for the next school year.
From the totanero Consistory, it is considered that, as it happens in many municipalities of the Region, the displacement of a student of non-compulsory education can not be subject to the existence or not of places.