Education dept denies dumping textbooks

2012-05-14 19:38
Johannesburg - The Eastern Cape department of education has denied dumping almost three tons of textbooks at a recycling plant warehouse in King William's Town.

Provincial education spokesperson Loyiso Pulumani said on Monday a weekend report to this effect was an attack on the department.

There was not a "whimper of evidence that these books had indeed been 'dumped' by the department" he said in a statement.

"Instead, shoddy journalism prevailed, as long as the long suffering Eastern Cape department of education could again be shown to be inept and uncaring about the needs of its learners."

He said the department was not involved in the decision to destroy the books.

"The manager of the warehouse, Mr Riaan Erasmus, has confirmed that the books were actually 'ditched' for recycling at the warehouse by the publishers of the books - MacMillan's," he said.

"These books were part of a consignment of promotional samples that the publisher had used to market their products in the section 21 schools that are empowered to buy their own books directly from the publishers."

He said the newspaper had caused "unwarranted damage" to the Eastern Cape department's image.

According to a report in the Sunday Times, three tons of textbooks, worth millions of rands, were discovered at a King William's Town warehouse.

Erasmus told the newspaper several "guys" brought the books to him in November, and claimed that they were part of the old curriculum.

"I think the distributors didn't work properly and these people somehow got rid of them instead of taking them to schools," he was quoted a saying.

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