Some Limpopo schools without textbooks – DA

2013-02-07 13:54

A number of Limpopo schools have not received textbooks, the official opposition in the province, the DA, has said.

The principal of Duiwelskloof Primary School sent parents a letter last Tuesday apologising for the non-delivery of textbooks in core subjects, the party’s spokesperson on education, Jacques Smalle, said in a statement.

The principal added that neighbouring schools had also not received books.

Smalle said the education department denied this on Tuesday. On January 8, the department said at least 98% of textbooks had been delivered to inland schools ahead of the first day of school.

Smalle said the DA found six other schools that still had not received textbooks for critical subjects.

He challenged Limpopo education MEC Namane Masemola to meet the DA at Duiwelskloof Primary “to see for himself what the truth is”.

If Masemola was not able to attend in person, another senior official should attend in his place, or the department could schedule another time for the meeting, Smalle said.

Limpopo education department spokesperson Pat Kgomo referred questions to the national department, which could not immediately be reached for comment.

Last year, schools in the province were without textbooks for the first seven months of the school year.

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