Angry parents march on education offices

OFFICIALS at the Port Elizabeth offices of the Education Department cwere forced to listen to the grievances of angry parents from Bloemendal, in the northern areas, who marched on the department on Monday.
The disgruntled parents of Bethvale Primary School pupils – some of whom have not had teachers since the beginning of the academic year – toyi-toyied outside the department’s gates over issues including the lack of teachers and unfair appointments.
The major bone of contention was the Education Department’s refusal to pay the temporary teachers filling in for teachers placed on indefinite sick leave, resulting in four classes not having teachers since the beginning of the year.
Some of these teachers have been booked off since 2006, with one to be officially boarded on Thursday.
Another burning issue was the reappointment of a 65-year-old teacher who retired last year and came back on a voluntary basis in January.
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