74 mobile classrooms en route to Vuwani

The mobile classrooms have arrived in Limpopo & will be sent to schools in Vuwani & surrounding areas.

Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN.

VUWANI - The Basic Education Department says 74 mobile classrooms have arrived in Limpopo and will be sent to schools in Vuwani and surrounding areas today.

The reopening of schools yesterday saw a dismal turnout with some parents saying they fear for their children's safety.

A total shutdown was enforced in Vuwani two weeks ago due to violent protests which saw more than 20 schools torched.

Four people, including an African National Congress (ANC) councillor, appeared in court yesterday in connection with the vandalism of property.

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Government says while there's been a poor turnout at schools they hope the situation will change gradually.

Limpopo Education MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe says they anticipated some challenges in the first week of the reopening of schools.

"We have lost a lot and it's important that we resume and recover any lost ground."

CARTOON: The torching of knowledge.

Kgetjepe says they've also tightened security in the area to prevent pupils who want to return to school from being victimised.

"We want education to continue so we must work around the clock to ensure that as the week goes and the situation in this community returns to normality."

The Education Department says schools that need urgent attention will be prioritised in order for learning and teaching to resume as soon as possible.

Amid concerns over intimidation in Vuwani and surrounding areas, traditional leaders have once again called for parents to allow their children to go to school.

It appears there hasn't been much change today with some teachers also staying away.

WATCH: Intimidation and fear mar resumption of classes in Vuwani.

Several schools remain empty this morning with no activity while some have seen a handful of pupils arrive for learning.

Meanwhile, local chief Livhuwani Matsila says while people in the area are still afraid of being victimised, the community is committed to ensure all children return to the classroom as soon as possible.