No learning at northern PE schools

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Published Jan 25, 2016

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Port Elizabeth - Parents in Port Elizabeth Northern Areas in the Eastern Cape continued to keep their children out of school on Monday.

This is the second week since schools opened, but learning has not yet commenced.

Northern Areas Education Forum, Secretary Richard Draai, told ANA that the schools were open and teachers were present, however, parents through school governing bodies were keeping the children at home.

“The forum’s concern is how to convince the parents that we are on a good wicket with the department. Over the past five to six years parents have just lost trust with the system, but we are are on a good wicket now and a task team has been established,” said Draai.

Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masaulle has since instructed MEC for Education Mandla Makupula to deploy a multi-disciplinary task team to the metro to address pressing issues such as over crowding, teacher shortages and to assist district offices to attend to administrative issues speedily.

“The premier has put together a task team and the forum has since had two meetings. There is a process in place and we just want parents to give the process a chance,” said Draai.

Draai said the forum would meet with parents at Sanctor High School on Monday evening to try and convince parents that children needed to go back to school.

“We just can’t have children on the streets.”

ANA

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