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Motshekga heads to Limpopo

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga hopes to sort out the Limpopo textbook fiasco.

JOHANNESBURG - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will return to Limpopo as the province continues to battle with the textbook crisis.

This as a new report emerged showing that the majority of grade 10 pupils failed their June exams, after being without learning material for the last six months.

But the Department of Basic Education said the exam results are still being processed and a snap survey does not constitute scientific research.

Spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said Motshekga is going to Limpopo to ensure there is a catch-up plan in place.

“The minister will take stock of the implementation of Section 100 (of the Constitution) and thereafter engage with managers on the recommendations that were made by Professor Mary Metcalfe.”

The department failed to deliver the necessary workbooks by a June 27 deadline, a date it agreed on with rights organisation Section 27.

Officials also missed an earlier deadline set by the North Gauteng High Court after Section 27 applied for an interdict to force the department to deliver books.

According to reports, many schools are still waiting for textbooks.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)

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