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Zuma appoints team to probe textbook crisis

President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday appointed a task team to look into the Limpopo textbook crisis.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday appointed a task team to look into the Limpopo textbook crisis.

Most schools in the province had not received workbooks for grades one, two, three and 10 for the first half of the year.

The education department was one of five Limpopo departments placed under administration in December last year.

Zuma met with Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Tuesday, to discuss the delay in delivering textbooks. He said there were many lessons to be learnt from the crisis.

The department finally met a deadline to deliver learning material last week Thursday, after being taken to the North Gauteng High Court over the matter.

The initial delay was apparently caused by an invalid tender awarded to suppliers EduSolutions. But there are claims that not all schools have received learning material.

Mac Maharaj, spokesperson for the Presidency, said the task team would start its work immediately.

He said the task team would look into what the correct processes of acquiring textbooks were to avoid a similar situation from happening next year.

The team, chaired by Deputy Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene, will aim to uncover the culprits behind the delay and hold them accountable, said Maharaj.

Meanwhile, an audit team headed by former Higher Education director-general Mary Metcalfe will start its work on Wednesday, to determine whether all Limpopo schools have the necessary textbooks.

Motshekga's department has established a recovery programme for learners affected by the delay of some textbooks being delivered. It is confident the programme will prepare learners for their final examinations.

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