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Textbooks arrive in Polokwane

Basic education officials arrived at a warehouse in Polokwane, from which textbooks are to be distributed.

The trucks that will deliver textbooks wait outside the warehouse in Limpopo. Picture: Andrea Van Wyk/EWN
Limpopo textbook saga,Department of Basic Education,Bobby Soobrayan,Bokamoso Senior Secondary School
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POLOKWANE - Officials from the Department of Basic Education on Wednesday arrived at a warehouse in Polokwane, from which textbooks are to be distributed to schools in the province. 

Wednesday is the deadline for the department to deliver learning material to all schools.

A 15 June deadline imposed by the North Gauteng High Court was missed, so the department proposed a more realistic deadline to the organisation.

Trucks are lined up in the street, waiting to be loaded. 

The textbooks will first be take to various distribution points, and only then, be delivered to schools in the province. 

The South African School Principals Association said it was instructed to tell school principles to be ready and waiting to accept the books.

Basic education director Bobby Soobrayan arrived to oversee the process.

Meanwhile, one Grade 10 pupil told Eyewitness News he was not sure the delivery of textbooks would be enough, six months into the academic year.

The Bokamoso Senior Secondary School pupil, from Seshego, said he was stressed about his future.

He said the education department had treated pupils in the province unfairly, compared to those in other provinces who received their text books on time.

Government has compiled a recovery plan for pupils. 

Section 27, the organisation that took government to court over the failed delivery of textbooks to schools in that province, earlier said it was hopeful Wednesday’s deadline will be met. 

Textbooks were not delivered at the beginning of the year because of an invalid supplier tender which was only cancelled in April.

It is also alleged the supplier, EduSolutions, did not obtain the tender legally.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)

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