JOHANNESBURG - The North Gauteng High Court is scheduled to hear an urgent application on Tuesday to force the Department of Basic Education and the Limpopo Education Department to supply textbooks to schools in the province.
Public Interest Law Centre Section27 launched the court case, after pupils in Limpopo were left without learning resources for several months of the school year.
Attorney Nikki Stein wants an order for government to deliver textbooks by the end of the month and for a catch-up programme to be put into place.
“It is essential that, as well as, delivering textbooks as soon as possible, the department puts something in place to ensure that these gaps are closed and these learners are not too badly prejudiced going forward,” Stein told Eyewitness News.
Section27 said on its website that “Despite resources being available, learners throughout Limpopo have not received a single new textbook this year.
“Learners in grades R, one, two, three and 10, who began a new curriculum in January, have still not received the support materials necessary to learn.”
Section27 applied to the High Court for an order directing the Department of Basic Education and the Limpopo Department of Education to provide textbooks to learners throughout Limpopo by no later than May 31 and to put in place a plan “catch-up” plan to provide additional classes to learners so that they are able to make up the curriculum they have missed due to the lack of textbooks.
(Edited by Clare Matthes)