Disgruntled parents and teachers forced a number of schools to shut their doors several weeks ago over the issue.
The Department of Basic Education has admitted it’s having difficulty recruiting educators.
While it may seem like just another normal school day at Hillcrest Primary School, teachers admit they’re taking strain.
The school is one of dozens in Port Elizabeth where there are not enough teachers.
Educators, pupils and parents have staged several protests, calling on the department to urgently fill vacant posts.
The department says it is aware of the problem and has started a recruitment drive.
It’s looking for 170 educators.
In the meantime, Hillcrest Primary management says it will have to wait and deal with the lack of teachers as best it can.
(Edited by Tamsin Wort)