Teaching stops at Eastern Cape schools

2013-04-26 08:44

Teaching has stopped at four schools in the Eastern Cape.

At three of the schools there was a shortage of teachers.

At the fourth, the education department had failed to honour its promise to fence the school and provide a security guard, the Daily Dispatch reported today.

There had been no teaching and learning at Sosebenza High School, in Lady Frere, since Monday, said school governing body member Linda Ntlanganiso.

She said some classes had no teachers at all, even though the number of pupils had almost doubled from 160 to more than 300.

She told the newspaper angry parents and pupils took to the streets on Monday, closing two neighbouring schools, Rietspruit Senior Primary and St Augustines Junior Secondary.

“So there has basically been no learning at either of these schools since Monday and parents are today meeting with the district director to discuss a way forward,” she was quoted as saying.

Teaching stopped at Tipini Junior Secondary School, in Mthatha, two weeks ago.

According to the Daily Dispatch, the provincial education department promised to provide a fence and a security guard after a teacher was robbed at knife point in front of her class last year, but failed to deliver.

Education department spokesman Loyiso Pulumani said it had noted a trend of school closures, which started in Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage.

He said the department could not condone closures, no matter the reason, as they did more harm than good.

“Our position on the matter remains the same, we cannot condone such illegal acts,” he said.

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