Limpopo textbook distribution 'on track'

2012-06-27 15:29
The Shakespearean tragedy, Macbeth, is among the books Limpopo’s education department is planning to destroy. (Marietie Louw-Carstens, Beeld)

The Shakespearean tragedy, Macbeth, is among the books Limpopo’s education department is planning to destroy. (Marietie Louw-Carstens, Beeld)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

  • The Da Vinci Method
    Break Out & Express Your Fire. Discover and master the fiery temperament shared by great leaders. Now R311.00
    buy now
Johannesburg - The distribution of textbooks in Limpopo was on track on Wednesday, the department of basic education said.

"Yesterday [Tuesday] books for Grades 1 to 3 were distributed and today [Wednesday] we are working on Grade 10," director general Bobby Soobrayan said.

In May, the North Gauteng High Court ruled that the department's failure to provide textbooks violated the Constitution.

The application was brought by rights organisation Section 27.

Catch-up plan

Judge Jody Kollapen ordered the department to devise a catch-up plan to remedy the consequences of the delay, and to supply the affected schools with textbooks by June 15.

The department failed to meet the court's deadline.

Section 27 and the department met on Thursday and agreed that all books would be delivered to schools by or on Wednesday.

The Democratic Alliance said many of the schools it was monitoring had not received textbooks by 11:00.

Soobrayan said the last boxes of books were being loaded into trucks at a central warehouse. From there, the books would be taken to district warehouses and then delivered to schools.

The department expected that some schools might need extra books if there were administrative errors in the numbers of pupils at each school.

To accommodate this, additional books were available.

Dumped

On Saturday, Congress of the People MP Tshilidzi Ravhuanzwo said "piles and piles" of text books and stationery had been dumped, apparently for disposal, at a site in Seshego, near Polokwane.

Opposition parties expressed outrage at the apparent wastage, as thousands of pupils in Limpopo schools had not been supplied with textbooks.

DA provincial spokesperson Jamie Turkington said in a statement the party would monitor the progress of textbook deliveries in Limpopo throughout the day.

He said schools had not been notified that the textbooks would be delivered on Wednesday and some were not prepared to receive them.

"In the Polokwane district, for instance, delivery trucks arrived at Tom Naude High School, but had to be turned away, because no one [at the school] was notified by the department that books were arriving."

He said some schools which had acquired textbooks did not receive their full consignment.

The DA would donate salvaged books to Lotonang Primary school in Seshego later on Wednesday.

"The books we are donating were salvaged from the site where government was paying a contractor to destroy them," Turkington said.

- SAPA

Read more on:    da  |  polokwane  |  education  |  textbook saga
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

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
28 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Movies
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Wednesday Hout Bay - 18:19 PM
    Road name: Chapmans Peak Drive
    WEDNESDAYS - ROAD CLOSED between 10am and 3pm for Alien Vegetation Clearing - every Wednesday - weather permitting
  • Wednesday Nyanga - 18:19 PM
    Road name: Duinefontein Road
    PROTEST ACTION and STONE THROWING at The Downs
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Deal of the Week!

Get bestselling John Green novels now just R99 each! Hurry and get yours while stocks last. Shop here.

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

BlackBerry Curve 9380

The first BlackBerry Curve smartphone with a touch screen Stay connected...

From R1799.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is always easier to look out and see what needs changing. Looking in is a lot harder... Today you may need to look at what...read more

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.