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Johannesburg - Meetings are underway in an attempt to resolve problems at Wongalethu High School in Mdantsane, where there has been no teaching for a week, the Eastern Cape education department said on Thursday.
“The department is currently attending to the matter and our intention is to find an amicable solution to ensure teaching and learning takes place there,” said spokesman Malibongwe Mtima.
The Dispatch Online reported earlier that teachers fled the school during a protest last Wednesday, in fear of intimidation by pupils.
The Grade 12 pupils staged a protest after their only maths teacher was redeployed to a neighbouring school. They demanded his reinstatement.
“We are concerned that, in just a few months' time, we will have to start with exams and we might fail because we do not have a maths teacher,” said Learner Representative Council head Lukhanyo Booi.
“We are forced to meet with our former teacher for lessons after school in groups of 10 to 15. This is strenuous for us and for him.”
Pupils approached the Mdantsane police and the Mdantsane Magistrate's Court to obtain a permit to protest on Monday.
They wanted permission to take their grievances to the head office of the provincial education department in King William's Town, The Dispatch Online reported.
However, they failed to secure transport to get to the provincial department.
A meeting was then reportedly organised between teachers, the school governing body, pupils and parents by Sihle Mnguni, the district director of the education department's office in Mdantsane.
Mnguni described the meeting as a “listening-in session” and said that as such, he could not reveal the details.