Pearston school remains closed

LOCK DOWN: Parents lock the gates to the Pearston Primary School last Wednesday
LOCK DOWN: Parents lock the gates to the Pearston Primary School last Wednesday

THE gates of the troubled Pearston Primary School – where more than 100 pupils are crammed into a single classroom because of a teacher shortage – remain closed after parents turned down an offer to get half the teachers they need.

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is investigating the matter in consultation with the Eastern Cape Education Department.

The commission launched an investigation into the teacher situation in the Eastern Cape last year after The Herald reported a Grade 2 teacher had 123 pupils in her class.

While the commission could not say how far the investigation had progressed, it said it had spoken to principal Willie Geswindt. – Zandile Mbabela

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