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Eastern Cape Education MEC to meet over PE protest and 33 shut down schools

The MEC for Basic Education in the Eastern Cape will meet with a forum of parents and other community members today.

This is following protest action over teaching vacancies in Port Elizabeth which turned violent on Monday.

Loyiso Pulumani, Spokesperson for the Eastern Cape Basic Education Department, has confirmed that over 24 schools have closed in the Eastern Cape.

According to Pulumani, parents in the Northern Areas Forum for Education forcibly closed down the schools in response to the department's failure to meet their demands; which include the filling of promotional posts such as school principals.

There has been an illegal closure of schools since last week Tuesday, in the beginning of the third term. There had been a difference of opinion regarding the allocation of teaching posts, between the Forum for Education in the Northern area of Port Elizabeth and the department.

Loyiso Pulumani, Spokesperson for the Eastern Cape Basic Education Department

The Northern Areas Forum for Education is an association composed of parents and some of the school governing bodies in the area.

Listen to the full conversation from The John Robbie Show:

CapeTalk presenter Kieno Kammies also spoke with EWN reporter Siyabonga Sesant about the protest action he witnessed yesterday. Listen to the full conversation below:

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