Court to rule on Limpopo textbooks' case

2014-05-06 08:10
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Pretoria - The North Gauteng High Court is expected to hand down judgment on Tuesday on an application to force Limpopo education authorities to deliver outstanding textbooks.

Community-based organisation Basic Education for All, supported by civil rights group Section27, previously applied for a court order to force the Limpopo education department to keep to its deadline of 6 June for delivery of all outstanding textbooks.

They want to force the department to come up with a plan to prevent the future non-delivery of textbooks.

They also want the Human Rights Commission to oversee the process, and for the court to declare the non-delivery of textbooks a violation of the constitutional right of pupils to basic education.

Chris Erasmus, SC, for the department, previously argued that only about 2.2% of the seven million textbooks had not been delivered because the schools reported shortages late or failed to report it at all.

The top-up books were not ordered in time due to budgetary constraints, as the province had a R293m shortfall in its education budget, he said.

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