The South African Department of Basic Education has announced that it will begin phasing in the reopening of schools as of June 1.

The announcement was made by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga on Tuesday.

The department has released an outline of its proposed plans to reopen schools as the world battles the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

South Africa is in a national COVID-19 lockdown which restricts the movement of people in efforts to slow down the spread of the deadly virus.

The plan outlines regulations on social distancing, classroom, transport as well as screening and testing regulations.

According to the plan, hugging and shaking hands will not be allowed in schools. Only two learners will be permitted to share a desk.

Some parents and teachers’ unions around South Africa have raised concerns about reopening schools too quickly. This as some schools in South Africa remain overcrowded without proper sanitation and running water.