123 kids squeezed into one class due to teacher shortage

Zandile Mbabela

IN a damning indictment of the Eastern Cape Education Department, one primary school in Pearston has been forced to squash a staggering 123 young pupils into a single classroom because of the crippling teacher shortage.

The youngsters have spent the first two weeks of the school year crammed into the classroom in sweltering heat of up to 37°C.

The school’s single Grade 6 class has 86 pupils and Grade 5 has 59.

Angry parents picketed outside the school on Monday morning, locking pupils and teachers out because “no learning was taking place anyway as there are no teachers”.

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