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education blackboard thumb medium80 92Sowetan reports that while teaching and learning resumed at Papenkuil Primary School in Gqeberha on Monday, an absent teacher who sparked a two-day protest had still not returned to work.

Irate parents shut down the school on Thursday and Friday last week, claiming a grade 6 and 7 mathematics teacher’s continued absence was hampering their children’s education. Teaching and learning for the 778 pupils ground to a halt as parents gathered in front of the school wielding placards to express their gripes. On Friday, the grade 6 and 7 pupils joined their parents in protest. Parents said they had been having problems with the teacher and her constant absenteeism since 2012, but the problem had become progressively worse in 2021. School Governing Body chair Michael Loggenberg said although pupils returned to school on Monday, it was not business as usual. “This teacher is still absent. The department of education only replied in The Herald (a local newspaper). We have not heard anything from them yet. There is still no substitute teacher. The children are on their own.” An Eastern Cape education department spokesperson said the school’s request for a substitute teacher was receiving urgent attention. Loggenberg said parents would regroup on Wednesday to decide on a way forward.

Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Lynn Spence on page 7 of Sowetan of 10 May 2022

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