Basic Education has urged the National Taxi Alliance to reconsider strike action planned for Wednesday for the sake of learners who will be writing.

Johannesburg - The Department of Basic Education has urged the National Taxi Alliance (NTA) to reconsider their strike action planned for Wednesday for the sake of learners who will be writing their English Paper 2.

"Many of our learners rely of the taxi industry to get to school and back and this may have a severe impact on their ability to get to and from examination venues," the department said in a statement. 

"We hope that the NTA will be more considerate of those learners who have worked hard for the past 12 years to sit for these examinations," the department said.

The department said it was aware that the NTA has given commuters a warning to make alternative arrangements, but urged the NTA to reconsider for the sake of the learners.

Meanwhile, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has urged parents to take precautions and put their children's safety first on Wednesday. Lesufi said the department has asked all school principals to give inner grades pupils who might not make it to school on Wednesday another opportunity to write any assessment that might be missed.

"It is concerning and unfortunate that such activities continue to be organised during this critical period of examinations in the education environment, actually such activities subvert the country," Lesufi said.