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PE school crisis: Education dept won't intervene yet

Several schools in the Port Elizabeth area have closed in protest against a lack of teachers.

FILE: PE has been gripped by a school crisis where some institutions have closed due to a lack of teachers. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Department of Basic Education says it will not yet intervene in the school crisis in the Eastern Cape.

Several schools in the Port Elizabeth area have closed in protest against a lack of teachers.

According to the Democratic Alliance in the province, pupils at some schools have also been prevented from writing exams.

The party's Edmund van Vuuren says this is allegedly taking place at schools where almost no teaching took place this year.

The department's Troy Martens said, "It definitely is being monitored by the national department but unfortunately, the intervention has to be done by the province because it is provinces that hire teachers."

The provincial education department has admitted it's having difficulty recruiting teachers for subjects like Afrikaans and dual-medium institutions.

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