Section 27 calls for textbooks probe

Section 27 says it will not stop its court case until all school children in Limpopo have textbooks.

asic Education Director General Bobby Subrian and spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi address media on 28 June 2012. Picture: Jacob Moshokoa/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Social justice organisation Section 27 on Thursday called on the Basic Education Department to set up an independent verification process to establish why textbooks were not delivered on time in Limpopo.

Officials had promised to deliver outstanding learning material to all schools before midnight on Wednesday.

It was confirmed only that 99 percent of grade 10 books were delivered, while grades 1, 2 and 3 have been sorted.

Section 27's Mark Heywood said there must be an investigation into EduSolutions, the company tasked with delivering books to Limpopo.

Heywood said they wanted details on how the crisis unfolded.

The Basic Education Department agreed to a probe.

The department said it also noticed that some distributors who were supposed to collect material from the warehouses did not pitch up on Wednesday.

This led to officials using their own vehicles.

Section 27 said it does believe the department made a serious effort to ensure delivery of textbooks.

The organisation said it will not stop their court procedures until they receive confirmation that all pupils in Limpopo have adequate learning material.

The Basic Education Department blamed lack of co-operation from Limpopo school principals for delays in the textbook delivery process.

Basic Education Director General Bobby Soobrayan said some principals refused to come to schools to accept the books.