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PE parents protest over lack of teachers, overcrowding at schools

Protesting parents have for the past three weeks kept their children out of school.

FILE. Protesting parents have for the past three weeks kept their children out of school. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Disgruntled Port Elizabeth residents have blocked several roads north of the city with burning tyres in an ongoing dispute with the Eastern Cape Education Department.

They want the department to hire new teachers and address overcrowding at more than 50 schools.

Protesting parents have for the past three weeks kept their children out of school.

This week, the department announced it would appoint 98 new teachers and install temporary structures to alleviate overcrowding.

But the Northern Areas Education Forum's Richard Draai says many parents don't believe the promises will come to anything.

"This thing has been coming on for ages but sometimes you need to make compromises. The parents still have that distrust and they don't believe in it."