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Textbook deliveries on track - Dept.

Education Dept. says it is on track with the delivery of textbooks in Limpopo.

Limpopo Textbooks: Only a few books left in the warehouse. Picture: Andrea van Wyk/EWN.
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LIMPOPO - The Basic Education Department on Wednesday said it 100 percent sure it will have all textbooks delivered to Limpopo schools by midnight. 

The department missed a deadline set by a Pretoria court for 15 June. 

This after social justice organisation, Section 27, had taken government to court on behalf of Limpopo schools because they had been without textbooks for several months.

The education department failed to miss the deadline, but it was granted an extension which expires on Wednesday. 

Officials were at a warehouse where the books were stored to oversee the process of loading the last boxes of learning material into trucks. 

These were then taken to district offices and then to schools. 

Over 97 percent of textbooks were already dispatched and delivery was expected to continue into the night. 

Basic Education Director General Bobby Soobrayan said, “We are confident the deadline will be met.”

Soobrayan said school principals were informed of the deliveries. 

Pupils were instructed to fetch their books and study over the winter school holidays. 

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance’s national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane said it was highly unlikely that the department would meet its deadline.

Maimane visited several schools in the troubled province on Wednesday. 

“In areas such as Modimolle and Seshego, schools still don’t have textbooks. It is unlike [Basic Education] minister Angie Motshekga will meet the deadline.” 

Over the weekend, the DA discovered books that were destroyed and dumped. 

The department said the books were unusable. 

The party has also called for an investigation into Motshekga’s relationship with EduSolutions, the company responsible for delivering the textbooks. 

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)

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