Pupils finally get textbooks

2015-06-02 06:00
Maitland High School pupils marched to the Department of Education to demand textbooks

Maitland High School pupils marched to the Department of Education to demand textbooks

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Following a march to the department of education last week by pupils of Maitland High School demanding textbooks, the department has finally acted.

When the pupils marched the department promised to investigate the matter and get to the bottom of it.

A preliminary investigation was launched last week into the matter and the outstanding textbooks have since been delivered. The investigation revealed that in the July and August ordering period, orders were placed by the school, and there was a glitch on the department’s online ordering system which resulted in the order not showing up online.

The glitch has since been addressed and the department’s IT team has rebuilt the online system in time for ordering for next year’s academic year.

Western Cape minister of education Debbie Schaffer says that at the start of every school year, various schools report textbook shortages due to pupil growth, subject changes or non-retrieval of textbooks from the previous year. If schools identify shortages due to pupil growth, school expansion or the addition of a new grade or subject, these books will then be ordered and supplied during the first quarter of the term.

She says that she is not happy about what happened.

“I am not satisfied with the lack of follow-up between August last year and early this year, and have asked that this be further investigated and disciplinary action taken against the responsible individual or individuals if necessary. Nevertheless, it needs to be clarified that it is not all the pupils who did not have a textbook, but either those in excess of the numbers expected this year, or as a result of the school not retrieving books from last year,” says Schaffer.

Schaffer emphasised that the school principal and management team should ensure that textbooks are ordered timeously and that disruption to learning and teaching time is kept to a minimum

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