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Limpopo officials accused of 'intellectual genocide'

The Department of Education in Limpopo was accused intellectual genocide for not providing textbooks.

Schoolchildren in class at Ikusasa Combined School in Thembisa. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News
Limpopo textbook saga,Department of Basic Education,Section 27,Limpopo Department of Education,Judge Jody Kollapen
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PRETORIA - The North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday described the failure to provide textbooks to Limpopo learners as “intellectual genocide”

Rights organisation Section 27 lodged the urgent application on May 4, to force the Department of Basic Education and the Limpopo Education Ministry to deliver textbooks to pupils.

Nearly halfway through the school year, Limpopo learners are still without learning material.

Lawyers representing Section 27called on officials to distribute textbooks by the end of May.

However, lawyers representing the department said they will start delivering the learning material by the middle of June.

The delay was allegedly caused by an invalid tender, which was cancelled in April.

A new procurement process has started.

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