SOME streets in Zwelitsha outside East London resembled a sea of blue when hundreds of protesting DA members marched to the provincial education department headquarters yesterday to demand more teachers be placed in provincial schools.
The DA march attended by an estimated 300 people, most of them clad in blue T-shirts, was a culmination of the party’s ‘One teacher, One classroom’ campaign, which saw more than 3 000 signatories calling for the filling of vacant teacher posts.
A petition containing all the signatures was handed over to two senior departmental officials, who represented MEC Mandla Makupula and his head of department, Ray Tywakadi.
Delivering the petition, DA MPL and shadow education MECEdmund van Vuuren, said a shortage of teachers in provincial schools was a cause for major anxiety and anger among pupils and parents in affected schools.
Currently, as per the response to a legislature question put to Makupula, there were 3 900 teacher vacancies across the province.