Limpopo textbooks not yet delivered - DA

2017-01-13 22:06
Disused workbooks in Limpopo. (Beeld)

Disused workbooks in Limpopo. (Beeld)

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Polokwane – Limpopo’s education MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe needs to answer for the delays of textbook deliveries to some schools, the DA said on Friday.

“It has become evident that the department is way behind schedule to conclude the delivering of textbooks, which is largely due to the late appointment of a contractor to provide learner teacher support material,” DA provincial spokesperson on education Jacques Smalle said.

This emerged during an oversight visit to various schools in the province on Thursday and Friday.

Smalle said he had written to the chairperson of the education portfolio committee in the Limpopo legislature, Sentle Fenyane, to summon Kgetjepe to explain the shortage of textbooks.

Schools in Phagameng, Modimolle, sent pupils home on Friday morning because there were no textbooks, Smalle said.

The province had the same problems every year and the department was unable to solve them, he said.

Department spokesperson Naledzani Rasila said all textbooks had been delivered, with the exception of “top-up books”.

“Learners bring books back, but some don’t because they get destroyed or they misplace them. These are the books we are now distributing with stationery.”

The contract of one of the department’s service providers had expired and finding a replacement was taking time because they had to follow procedures, he said.

He said he was not aware of any schools closing because of a textbook shortage.

“There is no school that can be completely dysfunctional because they do have textbooks. They are waiting for the top-ups. We are not saying we are happy about that. That is why we are apologising to the schooling community.”

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