By Kgomotso Modise for EWN
Many parents said that they only received confirmation from the Education Department on where their children had been placed on Tuesday morning.
As parents who left their back to school shopping to the very last minute flocked to uniform and stationery shops last Tuesday afternoon, many blamed the Education Department for the situation.
Government schools reopen last Wednesday for the 2020 academic year.
The queue to get into the schoolwear shop in Booysens was lengthy, with parents streaming in. The store is the go-to shop for schools in the south.
Many of the parents said that they only received confirmation from the Education Department on where their children had been placed the morning before school started.
“I was expecting the other school to take him then he was taken by this school that I don’t like, so that’s the reason why I had to do the last minute shopping because I didn’t know which uniform to buy.”
One woman said that the last-minute changes in her family had brought her here.
“Having to move from one area to another area. I only found out that my daughter was accepted at the school at 12pm [on Tuesday].”
Some parents abandoned their bid for new school uniforms because of the long queues, saying they would try again.