Protesters, organised by the Bishop Lavis Action Community (BLAC), gathered from 7am outside the school’s front gates, calling for it to remain closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The failure of the [department] and most provincial education departments to comply with their undertakings and meet their own deadlines in terms of preparing schools for re-opening, unfortunately, mirrors their ongoing failures to provide textbooks, essential school infrastructure like toilets, and scholar transport.