Parents in Port Elizabeth townships are calling on the Education Department to beef up security at schools following a spate of robberies.

About eight schools have fallen victim to crime, with one school robbed twice in one week.

Last month, robbers entered a school in New Brighton pretending to be parents and robbed teachers of their personal belongings such as cellphones, jewellery and vehicles.

School Governing Body chaiperson at Kaizer Ngxwana Primary, Odwa Duru, says primary schools have become easy targets.

He says, “We need government, the municipality and all the stakeholders to meet together and try to come up with a solution.”

“What we want is safe schools, we want to see the government increasing security in all schools. We need security gates and security cameras so that we know what is happening at the school. If government can assist us in putting up those measures, we will be pleased,” says Duru.