TURMOIL AT FULL SCHOOL: WEEKEND POST

“Certain temporary teachers will be appointed to teach critical subjects, such as mathematics, science and accounting. This will not be implemented overnight.”  — Van Vuuren

THERE was no feedback from the principal of an overcrowded primary school in Port Elizabeth’s Northern Areas after he was asked to address the demand for much-needed teachers to be appointed.

Booysens Park Primary School already has about 970 pupils and is desperately in need of four teachers – for Grades R, 1, 2 and 5.

Deputy school principal Sheila Swarts said the principal, Yusuf Samuels, would “not be allowed back on school premises until he returns with district education development officer Douglas Rwentela”.

Rwentela was held hostage by furious parents at the school on Wednesday and only released after he promised to return with a solution.

“The school is overcrowded. Last year and this year we could only take on Grade R pupils. There are too few schools in the area. Even today (Friday) a couple from Somerset-East wanted to place their child here but we could not take the child,” Swarts said.

She said Rwentela had not returned to the school since being held hostage. The angry parents were not at the school yesterday but would return on Monday to get feedback.

Yesterday afternoon school governing body chairman Henry Casling said he had not heard from Samuels and the SGB will meet the Education Department on Monday.

“We have to report back to the parents on Monday,” said Casling.

DA MPL Edmund van Vuuren said he was “very disappointed” to know that Rwentela had been taken hostage. “Certain temporary teachers will be appointed to teach critical subjects, such as mathematics, science and accounting. This will not be implemented overnight,” he said.

Attempts to reach Samuels and the Port Elizabeth district education department for comment were unsuccessful.

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