GRAVESEND - Former teachers protested outside a middle school in Gravesend today, claiming the board of education is firing qualified teachers.

About a dozen ex-teachers and aides claim the current principal of I.S. 228 either wrongfully terminated or forced them to retire. Protesters say this is a culture across the city that has resulted in dismal college readiness for graduating seniors.

A recent Daily News analysis found that less than 17 percent of students who graduate high school in New York City are ready for college, forcing them to take remedial courses to bring them up to speed. The former teachers claim that by getting rid of experienced teachers, students are suffering.

The school's principal and board of education have not returned News 12's call for comment.