Textbooks: Principals are to blame, says department

2014-04-23 12:24

The department of basic education has accused principals in Limpopo of dereliction of duty for failing to report textbook shortages and retrieve them from pupils at the end of the academic year.

The department is embroiled in a court battle with Basic Education For All and Section27 over the nondelivery of textbooks to 39 schools in Limpopo.

Earlier this month, City Press reported that about 18 000 textbooks were still outstanding in Limpopo.

Senior counsel for the department, Chris Erasmus, said textbook shortages were caused by principals’ failure to report that deliveries were not complete, or their inability to report shortages at all. In other cases, he said principals failed to retrieve books from pupils at the end of the year.

As for the 39 schools that are complaining about books they were supposed to receive for the current academic year, he said: “We started delivering books in September last year. We told them that before schools close for the holidays they should report all their shortages and they didn’t. We reminded them again in January, they only reported the shortages after January 31.

“If we can’t rely on teachers and principals to carry out the tasks they are meant to do, then we are sorry. If there is dereliction of duty from principals and they don’t report shortages, then we won’t be held liable.”

In some cases, Erasmus said, the department learnt through Better Education For All and Section27 that some schools were still experiencing shortages.

About textbooks, which schools didn’t receive in previous years or which pupils didn’t bring back to school at the end of the year, he said: “Principals were reminded that books should be retrieved in order to save money. There must be a 100% retrieval; a textbook has to last for five years.”

Two circulars were sent to all schools in Limpopo to remind principals of the importance of retrieving books, he said.

The parties have agreed that shortages for the 2014 academic year will be delivered by May 8. Shortages emanating from previous years or resulting from failure to retrieve books will be addressed by June 6.

The applicants want this agreement to be declared an order of court, but the department is opposing this.

Create Infographics

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.