Limpopo textbook crisis heads back to court

Limpopo Textbooks: Only a few books left in the warehouse. Picture: Andrea van Wyk/EWN

LIMPOPO – The ongoing Limpopo textbook crisis on Monday forced rights organisation Section 27 to take the Basic Education Department back to court.

This is the second time the organisation is turning to the courts to force the department to deliver books.

Section 27 also wants the department to set up catch-up programmes for affected pupils.

Many learners in the province were forced to go without proper learning material for at least seven months.

The North Gauteng High Court ordered government to deliver textbooks to all schools by the end of June, but the officials missed that deadline.

Section 27 lawyer Nikki Stein said they tried everything else and court action is the last resort.

“Textbooks for 2012 are still outstanding in many schools. We are not satisfied with the catch-up plan that was filed in court.”

Stein said they were also deeply worried about the delivery of books for 2013.

The department had until the end of the week to respond.

A court hearing is due to take place later in September.

There have also been several reports of dumped textbooks in Limpopo.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)