Finally, textbooks for Limpopo

2012-06-15 11:56

Section27 and the National Association of School Governing Bodies say they are satisfied that the Department of Education is now delivering textbooks in Limpopo.

Hundreds of Grade R, 1, 2, 3 and 10 pupils in the province have been without textbooks since the beginning of the year.

The dearth of textbooks is the result of a bungled contract between the Department of Education and EduSolutions, the company which had won the tender to procure and deliver textbooks.

Last month, Section27 went to the North Gauteng High Court, asking it to declare the government’s failure to deliver textbooks to children in Limpopo a violation of their constitutional right to education.

The court ordered Limpopo’s provincial government to supply the books by today.

It also ordered the department to provide it and Section27 with a catch up plan.

Section27’s Nikki Stein said: “We had a fruitful meeting with the Department of Education in Limpopo and they have promised that although it will be highly unlikely that they will have finished delivering the books by the end of today, they will finish doing so in the next day or two.

“They told us that they have trucks leaving their four warehouses in Polokwane going straight into schools, and not into district offices as is the norm,” Stein said.

But the organisation was not happy with the department’s catch-up plan, Stein said.

“We have told them that we are not happy. We are still consulting with education experts, principals and teachers. Based on what they say, we may have to go to court again and force them to come up with a better plan.”

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