'Limpopo pupils can study during holidays'

Destroyed textbooks were discovered in Limpopo province on 23 June, 2012.

JOHANNESBURG – The Department of Basic Education on Sunday said it was on course to deliver much-needed textbooks to all schools in Limpopo by Wednesday's deadline.

The learning material was supposed to have been delivered on 15 June following a North Gauteng High Court order, but that did not happen due to logistical problems.

Basic Education Angie Motshekga blamed logistics for the delay and said the department undermined the complex process of delivering books.

Last week, education officials met with rights group Section27, which took the department to court over the issue.

It was agreed that the textbooks would be delivered this week.

Section27 member Nikki Steyn said the department agreed to send out a notice acquiring principles to make themselves available at schools so learners are able to collect their books on Thursday and have them during school holidays.

Motshekga has come under fire in recent days over the textbook debacle.

Pictures showing books being dumped in Seshego on government orders at the weekend also drew much anger. But the department said those textbooks were old, damaged and of no use to anyone - including under-stocked libraries in the province.

The initial delay of the delivery of textbooks was allegedly caused by an invalid supplier tender which was only cancelled in April.

Motshekga's department took over the administration of Limpopo Education in December last year.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)