Media to be addressed on textbook saga

Education Dept. and Section 27 will address the press over the textbook saga in Limpopo.

The Democratic Alliance discovers destroyed textbooks in the Limpopo province on 23 June, 2012. Picture: HelenZille/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - A media briefing on the textbook crisis in Limpopo is expected to get underway in Braamfontein, Johannesburg on Thursday afternoon.

The Department of Basic Education and social justice organisation, Section 27, will discuss the extent of delivery of textbooks in the troubled province.

The organisation took the department to court after finding out the some schools in Limpopo did not have learning material.

Previously, a Pretoria court set 15 June as a deadline for textbooks to be delivered, which government did not meet.

Instead, the department promised that all schools would have their learning material by midnight on 27 June.

Section 27's Nikki Stein said they will also address their relationship with government going forward.

"We will discuss the accuracy of the information in the progress report provided to us by the department."

The organisation called for an independent review of the delivery process due to conflicting reports of whether the deadline was met.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance said it plans to hold protests in Limpopo over the state of education.

The party discovered destroyed textbooks in the province which government claimed were unusable.