Parents, teachers, pupils shut down schools

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: Parkside Primary School teachers, from left, Selby Pyjoos, Rayhana Lorgat and Kaashifah Lagardien, protest yesterday. Picture: JUDY DE VEGA
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: Parkside Primary School teachers, from left, Selby Pyjoos, Rayhana Lorgat and Kaashifah Lagardien, protest yesterday. Picture: JUDY DE VEGA

MORE than 40 schools in Nelson Mandela Bay’s northern areas will shut down indefinitely today in protest against the debilitating teacher shortages that have seen pupils go untaught or being crammed into overcrowded classes for the past few years.

Principals have backed parents who are intent on shutting down the schools, saying that the only way to make education officials realise the severity of their problems was to create chaos.

The decision comes after a two-day protest – which started on Monday with a 12km-long picket line along Stanford Road – by principals, teachers and parents fighting against dire teacher shortages plaguing the schools.

Parents, pupils and teachers have been protesting against the ongoing education crisis that has plagued the area and fighting for the filling of the estimated 350 vacant posts.

Protesters said the department had failed by yesterday to give a satisfactory response, which had fuelled their decision to embark on a mass shutdown. – Alvené du Plessis and Zandile Mbabela

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  • August 28, 2014 at 7:44 am
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    There is no shortage of teachers, there is a shortage of teaching posts. I recently moved to PE and when I applied for a teaching post I was told that over 350 teachers lost their jobs at the end of 2013 because they where declared surplus by the department of education. I was told that they have to first place those teachers at schools before I am even allowed to apply for a post. I was told this by a district official. My point is stating that there is a shortage of teachers is incorrect, the truth is that there are hundreds of teachers without jobs because there are no posts available for them.

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