DA wants body set up to probe textbooks

2013-03-04 21:03
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Johannesburg - An independent audit body is needed to probe the state of delivery of textbooks to schools in Limpopo, the Democratic Alliance said on Monday.

"Our visit to Modimolle has confirmed beyond doubt that the education department has missed the deadline to deliver books," DA leader in Limpopo Jacques Smalle said in a statement.

"Nothing short of an independent audit body is needed to establish the extent to which textbooks must still be delivered to schools in Limpopo."

The party visited three high schools in Modimolle on Monday to check on textbook deliveries.

Smalle said his party would write to the province administrator, Mzwandile Mathews, and urge him to set up an independent body to monitor the delivery.

"A visit to the warehouse where textbooks are stored, although met with extreme hostility, confirmed that there were still textbooks waiting to be despatched to various schools.

"A further visit to Solomon Mahlangu, Phagameng and Ngwanalaka High Schools revealed an acute shortage of textbooks."

At Solomon Mahlangu there were no textbooks at all for Grades eight and nine in subjects such as social science, natural science, technology, maths and Sepedi, said Smalle.

Grade 11 and 12 also had shortages in subjects such as accounting, physical science, geography and economics.

"At Ngwanalaka , Grade 11 pupils had no textbooks in all subjects... other grades have other shortages as well."

Department spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said the DA was on a "fishing expedition".

"The department is inundated with calls from schools in Limpopo claiming that the DA wants to force them to publicly declare that they have not received books, despite evidence of delivery."

He said the department had accepted there were some shortages of textbooks caused by changes of enrolment of pupils across provinces.

"The department has since received information from all schools outlining shortages. We have dispatched teams to rectify the situation urgently."

- SAPA
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