Limpopo textbook shortage fears

2014-11-27 13:56

Fears that Limpopo will again face a school textbook shortage have surfaced after an Auditor-General report yesterday showed the provincial education department had failed to acquire half the books needed for the 2015 academic year.

“The root causes are that non top-ups were made since the 2013 academic year, a lower rate on book retrieval, and the delivery of books was not based on schools’ orders,” Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu’s report reads.

The report was titled Synopsis on Auditor-General’s Limpopo Department of Education Management Report.

It said the department, which was under administration, had also failed to follow an internal management plan for the procurement and delivery of “learner teacher study material”.

The department failed to deliver textbooks on time this year, despite being run by administrators for the past three years.

The report states that the South African Post Office provided incorrect information on the quantity of textbooks delivered to the schools.

In one case, it recorded that 5 700 books were delivered to Izikhali School but only 25 were signed for.

The report detailed how the department had overpaid the Post Office by R3.3 million during the 2013-2014 financial year, had incurred R332 million irregular expenditure, and a combined R130 million fruitless and wasteful expenditure.

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