The reopening of South African schools on Monday was met with protest, as parents, teachers and school bodies said the institutions were unprepared for students’ resumption.
In some schools, parents arrived with placards outside their gates, expressing concern about the rush to get children back into classes before it could be “safely” done.
The Education Minister Angie Motshekga has therefore announced the postponement of resumption to June 8.
It has been “too risky to allow a return to schoolrooms as planned,” she said after a weekend of numerous charged meetings with parents’ representatives, teachers’ bodies and school governing body representatives.
President Cyril Ramaphosa had earlier announced a gradual reopening of the economy from June 1, with schools and businesses reopening.
The plan had been to recall students in the last years of high school and junior school on June 1, and then gradually allow students in other grades to resume later.