THE crippling teacher shortage and severe overcrowding in some Eastern Cape schools – described by some as a human rights violation – has grabbed the attention of the South African Human Rights Commission.
The commission's interest was sparked following a report in The Herald in January about how 123 Grade 2 pupils at Pearston Primary School were crammed like sardines into a single class.
Commission spokes- man Isaac Mangena yesterday confirmed they were looking into the "teacher situation" in the province, but could not comment further.
"We have held meetings with the [provincial education] department as part of this process, and are waiting for their report," he said. A link to the Herald article was posted on Facebook, with teacher Althea Speelman tagged in the post.
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