Government announces school travel inquiry

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell has announced former director-general of education Dr Ken Boston AO will head an inquiry into the Assisted School Travel Program.

The move follows last-minute disruptions to the program, which helps students with a disability access school transport.

Unexpected problems with new contractual arrangements have resulted in around seven per cent of students not being able to get transport to school.

The Premier said the NSW Government regrets the inconvenience for the students and their parents and is working as hard as possible to fix the problem.

"But it's also important we learn the lessons to ensure it doesn't happen again," Mr O'Farrell said.

"Dr Boston is a figure respected who served both side of politics. Given his intimate knowledge of the education sector, he is the best person to get to the bottom of this issue.

"Dr Boston has been asked to submit his report to the Director-General of the Department of Premier and Cabinet by 10 February 2012," Mr O'Farrell said.

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