‘Education Dept. violated court order’

A verification report found that not all textbooks were delivered, as promised.

Trucks delivering textbooks to Limpopo schools. Picture:EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Basic Education Department failed to comply with a court order compelling it to meet its textbook delivery deadline, NGO Section 27 said on Monday.

The organisation has spearheaded the fight for textbooks in Limpopo.

According to a verification report compiled by Professor Mary Metcalfe and her team, not all textbooks were delivered to schools by the June 27 deadline, as promised by the department.

Section 27's Mark Heywood said the department is in violation of a high court order.

"On the first day of the new term, there is a risk that many learners will remain without textbooks."

Earlier, government said it delivered 98 percent of textbooks by the deadline.

But the Metcalfe Report showed that this was not the case, with only 15 percent of schools receiving books.

The task team had two weeks to complete its work.

A full report is expected later.

Meanwhile, Limpopo pupils said they were tired of being treated like second-class citizens.

Speaking to Eyewitness News , one grade 10 pupil said, "How can a school be run without textbooks? That's just unfair. At the end of the year, government expects us to get high marks."