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At least 50 schools shut down in Port Elizabeth

Parents forced schools to close yesterday, demanding the EC education dept hire more teachers.

FILE: The Department's Malibongwe Mtima says at least 50 schools have been closed. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Some schools in Port Elizabeth's northern suburbs remain closed.

Parents forced the schools to shut down yesterday.

They're demanding the Eastern Cape Education Department hire more teachers and address overcrowding.

A meeting between the lobby group, Northern Areas Education Forum (NAEF), and the department yesterday failed to come up with a resolution.

The Department's Malibongwe Mtima says at least 50 schools have been closed.

"Initially, the actual number that was confirmed was 30. We closed down because the principals were scared of opening their schools and exposing their kids to danger."

Mtima says a task team has been sent to Port Elizabeth to host a series of meeting with parents and education officials.