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Dept. verifies delivery of Limpopo textbooks

The Education Department has requested Professor Mary Metcalf to verify the delivery of Limpopo textbooks.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Basic Education Department on Sunday said it requested former education director general Mary Metcalf to assist in the verification of the delivery of textbooks in Limpopo.

The department delivered books under immense pressure over the past week after missing two deadlines.

On Saturday, it was confirmed that learners in grades 10, 12 and three have received their books. The department said it had delivered 99 percent of the textbooks.

The Education Department's Panyaza Lesufi said, "There are some schools that claim they haven't received books. We approached Professor Mary Metcalf to go out and verify these particular claims.

She'll also look at ways of dealing with the problem."

Meanwhile, the Equal Education picketed outside Parliament on Thursday. The group said it would no longer grant Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga extra time to respond to its submissions.

The lobby group took Motshekga to court earlier in 2012 requesting that basic norms and standards at schools be applied throughout the country.

They said they have given Motshekga enough time to respond to its application.

Group leader Joey Hasson said they filed papers in March and were meant to get a reply by May.

Hasson said Motshekga was then given two further extensions but failed to meet those deadlines again. The group said it has now lost its patience and does not believe the minister wants people to have decent infrastructure at schools.