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Dispute between PE parents & education officials disrupts learning

Nearly 60 schools have been forced to close their doors since Monday after learners didn't show up for class.

FILE: Parents are demanding the department hire more teachers and address overcrowding. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Children in Port Elizabeth's northern areas have been kept out of school all week due to a dispute between their parents and the Eastern Cape Education Department.

Fifty-six schools have been forced to close their doors since Monday after learners did not show up for class.

Several high level meetings, led by the Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle and Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Danny Jordaan, have been held to resolve the issue.

Parents are demanding the department hire more teachers and address overcrowding.

The Northern Areas Education Forum's chairperson Richard Draai says another meeting was held today.

"We had to revisit the issues that are on the table, put plans together and see how this impasse can be ended so we can get the children back to school."