There is a poor turnout at some schools in Vuwani, where learning was expected to resume after two weeks of violent protests by communities over municipal demarcation disagreements.
EWN's Thando Kubheka says it has been a slow start for several schools in the village, as many teachers and government officials appear to be a no-show.
We went to a few schools where MECs were expected to welcome pupils and teachers who were supposed to be back. But all we got were empty classrooms and a handful of students who showed up.— Thando Kubheka, EWN reporter
According to Kubheka, community members are still feeling intimidated amid ongoing tensions on the ground.
While government [says] peace and stability needs to return, that message hasn't gotten through to everyone.— Thando Kubheka, EWN reporter
Officials now say that it will take time before order is completely restored, and anticipate that learner turnout will improve during the course of the week.
Mobile classrooms will be delivered today, and four suspects are due to appear in court in relation to the arson attacks that took down over 20 schools.
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This article first appeared on 702 : Empty Vuwani classrooms due to 'reluctant' residents, says EWN reporter