Uitenhage pupils, parents on the march

Zandile Mbabela

UITENHAGE was brought to a near standstill yesterday as more than 1000 parents, pupils and residents marched through the town centre in a last-ditch effort to force the education department to act on the teacher shortages.

The protesters walked about 6km in the heat to hand over a memorandum of demand to a representative from the Eastern Cape Education Department, who was sent in place of MEC Mandla Makupula.

They are demanding a teacher in every class as well as the payment of their temporary teachers – part of the more than 2000 in the province who have yet to receive their salaries this year.

Chanting and singing, the group said they had had enough of empty promises.

The march follows the closure of 16 schools in Uitenhage this week.

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