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PE looks elsewhere to fill vacant school posts

The Education Dept is looking at other provinces in a desperate bid to fill vacant posts at schools in PE.

FILE: Police on the scene of violent protests in Port Elizabeth on 27 July 2015. Picture: AlgoaFM.

CAPE TOWN - The Eastern Cape Education Department has started looking at other provinces in a desperate bid to fill vacant posts at schools in Port Elizabeth.

More than two dozen schools were forced to close their doors in PE's northern areas last week when a protest exploded into clashes between community members and police.

Parents insisted the schools close due to a lack of teachers.

Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Danny Jordaan had to intervene.

Jordaan's spokesperson Mlungisi Ncame said, "In instances where the teachers would not have been placed, anybody has agreed on what are the timelines. So for instance, it wouldn't have been possible to provide a teacher by last week but each principal now know that this is the plan and that the plan has their buy in."

Last month, angry protesters clashed with police in a chaotic demonstration over a lack of teachers in the area.

At least four people were injured with rubber bullets and tear gas during running battles between police and parents.

Several police vans were also damaged and roads closed.

Residents were angry at what they call authorities' refusal to address the teacher shortage that has affected dozens of schools across the city.

Parents closed more than 24 schools due to a lack of teachers.

The Provincial Education Department denied it's not addressing the problem, saying the recruitment process has had its fair share of issues.

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