The Eastern Cape Education Department says it is in the process of appointing nearly 330 teachers in the Nelson Mandela Bay district to alleviate the teacher crisis.
A closed meeting between principals of affected schools, the education department and the School Governing Body (SGB) forum, addressed the issue of teacher shortages.
Over 135 teaching vacancies exist in 70 schools in the province. Teachers will for now be appointed on a temporary basis.
Dr Nyathi Ntsika, Education Dept. District Director says: “That amount of teachers have been approved, but it is still not clear when all of them will be appointed, but they are working with the schools.”
On Wednesday, more than 40 schools in the Northern Areas of Port Elizabeth were closed by protesting parents. They however have decided to re-open schools on Monday.
Andrew Sauls, SGB Northern Areas Chairperson says, “We are happy with the results of the meeting, but the schools will remain closed for the rest of the week and they will return on Monday.”
The Department of Education says it first had to deal with schools where there were too many teachers and was always going to address the vacancy issue at other schools.