Education Minister Angie Motshekga has come under fire for how she is handling the reopening of South Africa’s schools during the Covid-19 pandemic

Several stars, including Maps Maponyane and DJ Warras, have expressed disappointment in how education officials are dealing with the matter.

Government schools were initially set to reopen on 1 June with Grade 12 and Grade 7 pupils the first to return to class.

But parents were notified at the 11th hour that the reopening had been delayed. 

Teacher unions were opposed to schools opening their doors, saying the department was not ready.

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Motshekga is now adamant that schooling will go ahead as planned on 8 June. 

But many are less than impressed with how the delays were communicated with parents, who were all set for their children to return on 1 June. Some had travelled to different provinces ahead of the reopening. 

“It would be great if decisions were made with a bit more certainty. The current consistent flip-flopping causes so much unnecessary confusion,” Maps wrote on Twitter. 

The TV presenter added in another tweet that the way the department handled the matter was not fair to parents.

DJ Warras, who has three children who attend school, agreed with Maps, saying he was also notified the day before schools were supposed to reopen.

“We received a message this morning in the parents’ Group @ 7am – that @ 11pm last night the relevant people were informed that they will not be returning. As “Not all schools are ready” mine are in grade 5, grade 3 and grade R. So they were going back from next week or summin’

DJ Warras added parents were all set and ready to go before the minister put the brakes on everything.

“We are literally waiting for an update on something they were ready for and said they’re ready for LAST WEEK! What changed? Now at the 11th hour – “Sorry we made a mistake…” Okay.”