PORT ELIZABETH – Northern areas schools remain closed in Port Elizabeth as police have urged parents to keep their children at home.

On Tuesday, officers had to contend with pupils running rampant and stoning cars.

Schools in the area have shut their doors after community members took to the streets, complaining about a shortage of teachers.

After meeting parents and school representatives on Tuesday, the department has promised to fill the nearly 70 empty teacher posts.

It says the biggest challenge is finding Afrikaans-speaking teachers who can teach mathematics.

Schools are expected to reopen by the end of the week.

Port Elizabeth mayor Danny Jordaan said the situation will be monitored.

“We hope over the next day or two people will go back to work and school in the entire metro,” he said.

“I’m the mayor of the entire metro, so our concern for education is across the metro.”

– eNCA