Fists fly in protest over schools crisis

TEMPERS boiled over and furious parents held an education official hostage for three hours at Booysen Park Primary School yesterday as part of a protest against staff cuts that have left many pupils without teachers.
A group of about 100 parents caused a major disruption, plucking pupils out of their classes to join in the protest and bringing teaching at the school to a halt.
The parents have vowed to shut down every school in the area indefinitely if education officials do not meet them today with a solution to the critical teacher shortage.
Schools in the Eastern Cape have been severely hit by the provincial education department’s decision at the end of last year to axe more than 4000 temporary teachers. – Lynn Williams
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