SAHRC gives Limpopo education dept deadline to deliver textbooks to schools

Polokwane - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Friday called for the Limpopo Department of Education to deliver all outstanding textbooks by Monday. 

In addition, the commission also demanded that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga undertake a formal commitment to have all textbooks delivered by no later than January 26. 

"The SAHRC regards the non-compliance by the Department of Basic Education, and the consequent non-delivery of textbooks, in a very serious light," said Advocate Andre Gaum, the SAHRC commissioner responsible for basic education.  

In a media statement, the commission said that the relevant departments had not established the necessary controls to ensure that learners receive the required textbooks before the start of the academic year. 

"The Commission would like to emphasise the gravity of the impact of non-delivery on the learners and on the broader community of Limpopo Province," Gaum added.  

The Limpopo office of the SAHRC confirmed last week's allegations that textbooks had not been delivered to certain districts in the province. 

The DA's provincial spokesperson for education, Jacques Smalle, told News24 last week that only 50% of schools in the Capricorn and Vhembe districts had received their textbooks and learner-teacher support material. 

This was in addition to three other districts - Waterberg, Sekhukhune and Mopani - that had also not received their textbooks or stationery. 

Limpopo Department of Education spokesperson Naledzani Rasila claimed that only "top-up" books, to replace damaged or missing books, were still outstanding and that the use of a new contractor was delaying this process. 

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