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Textbooks worth R300m delivered to Limpopo schools

The Department of Basic Education said it delivered textbooks worth R300 million to schools in Limpopo.

School children in class at Ikusasa Combined School in Tembisa. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News
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JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Basic Education on Saturday said it had delivered textbooks worth R300 million to schools in Limpopo.

The department said it is confident it will meet the deadline set by the North Gauteng High Court.

During the judgement, the judge described the failure to provide textbooks to Limpopo learners as “intellectual genocide”.

Human rights group Section27 lodged an urgent application in May, to force the Department of Basic Education and the Limpopo education department to deliver textbooks to learners.

The court ordered that learning material be delivered by 15 June.

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

Spokesperson for basic education Panyaza Lesufi said the department is confident all Limpopo schools will have textbooks before the court’s deadline.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)

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