Education Minister Angie Motshekga has confirmed that Grade 7 and 12 learners will be the first set to reopen on 1 June.
Schools in the country closed more than two months ago in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Addressing the nation on Tuesday, The Minister stressed that Covid-19 testing will take place every morning at schools.
She said the department had received reports that orders for PPE had been ordered and have arrived at schools. This included hand sanitisers and mask.
Motshekga said the revised school calendar will be revised and the Department will work with each province to ensure that no school is left behind.
Motshekga also said parents who wished to keep their children away from school when they reopen — citing the lack of a guarantee for safety — were welcome to do so. However, the department was not going to be held at ransom by people’s personal preferences.
“Guaranteeing [whether or not] people are safe — it is a very difficult one. We are doing everything in our power to protect everyone,” said the minister.
“It is not as if we are so cruel that we would just lead people to death. Why should they die — what did they do? What we are working on is to put all the necessary safety measures in place. As to whether one will be in a car accident going to work or such guarantees, I cannot [say].