Protestors force schools to close
16 August 2010 - 15:04
By Lauren Holley
Parents from various semi-private schools in and around Durban have had to fetch their children early as a result of protest action allegedly by striking public sector teachers.
Newswatch has learnt that protest action erupted outside, amongst others, Glenwood High School, Kingsway High, Penzance Primary and Durban Girls High between about 11am and 1pm today.
On Tuesday last week, teachers' union, Sadtu threatened to disrupt learning at all former Model C schools.
But then on Friday, government tabled a revised wage offer which will be decided on by tomorrow.
However, it appears that strikers have still been out and about today.
"The primary school in Scottburgh [had] a few of protesters up in front of the gate by the school. The school was closed at 11.20 this morning until further notice," said one concerned father.
Another said: "I'm a parent of a kid in Penzance Primary School. We had to go fetch our kids now."
"My wife phoned me earlier in the afternoon saying that there was strike action and that they had broken the front gate of the school; and that she had locked herself in the classroom," she one man whose wife is a teacher.
Newswatch has been unable to reach the KZN Department of Education for comment.