Protest over lack of teacher closes school

TEACH US: Angry pupils and parents at Hendrick Kanise Combined school in Alicedale burn tyres in protest at a shortage of teachers at the school. Picture by: Brian Witbooi
TEACH US: Angry pupils and parents at Hendrick Kanise Combined school in Alicedale burn tyres in protest at a shortage of teachers at the school. Picture by: Brian Witbooi

ANGRY parents and pupils shut down the Hendrick Kanise Combined School in Alicedale yesterday as a last resort in an attempt to force the Department of Education to fill vacant posts.

The school has been without a maths and science teacher for five years and yesterday parents and pupils protested outside the school, burning tyres.

School governing body (SGB) chairman Sicelo Cakana said they had been fighting to fill the posts since 2010.

“There has been no maths teacher for Grade 10, 11 and 12, for all these years. The principal has tried to take over the load but it is difficult for her,” Cakana said.

One of the teachers, who did not want to be identified, said the school and SGB had phased out physical science for the grades because they could not get a teacher.

“The last teacher . . . who taught maths and science was transferred in 2010 to Nathaniel Nyaluza High School in Grahamstown.”

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