Continued from page 1“WE picketed in an attempt to move the Department of Education to not only respond to our grievances, but to deliver on their promises and rectify the serious challenges we are faced with on a daily basis.”The school handed over a petition, containing all their grievances, to the Department of Education. They gave them two weeks to respond.Kouga Municipality Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen slammed the Department of Education for failing to solve problems at the school. “Jeffreys Bay High School has been experiencing serious problems from the beginning of the school year in 2016. Among these are lack of teachers, lack of textbooks and even a lack of financing that resulted in there being no toilet paper to welcome learners and teachers at the beginning of the 2016 school year,” says Van Lingen.“Despite our engagement with the Department of Education and promises that extra classrooms would be built, textbooks would be delivered and funding would be provided to pay the administration staff, nothing has happened. We will now contact the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) of the Eastern Cape Department of Education directly to appeal to resolve the problem.“We will not allow any students to be left behind in Kouga, which is happening at present.”No comment could be obtained from the Department of Education at the time of going to print on Wednesday.To assist the school, contact Pastor Robin Jantjies at 081 089 3565 or Phillip Jacobs, Chairperson of the School Governing Body, at 072 290 7699.