Textbooks: Department regards delivery to warehouses as final delivery

2014-04-22 12:18

Judge Neil Tuchten has ordered parties in the Limpopo textbooks case to prepare an up-to-date list of the books shortages in the 39 schools affected.

The court has adjourned while Better Education For All and Section27, which represent the 39 schools, and the department of basic education reconcile and update their lists.

Better Education For All and the department have agreed that all outstanding textbooks for the new curriculum would be delivered by May 8. They have also agreed that shortages as a result of books not being delivered in previous years or lost by learners will be delivered by June 6.

Tuchten ordered the parties to submit an updated list as the department claims some of the shortages have been addressed. Although the books may not have arrived at the schools, the department says the books have been dispatched to warehouses – meaning they have been delivered.

Adila Hassim, Counsel for Better Education For All, has objected, saying when the department says books have been delivered, that should mean books have been signed off at the respective schools – not warehouses.

Tuchten said in order for him to make an informed judgment, it was important to have an up-to-date list of shortages for all 39 schools. Earlier this month, City Press reported that some 18 000 books were still outstanding in Limpopo. Initially, Basic Education For All had requested the judge to order that the department deliver the books by April 7. However, the case was postponed.

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