Catch-up plan for Limpopo pupils

A catch-up plan is in place for Limpopo pupils after the textbook crisis.

The DA claims these textbooks are being destroyed in Limpopo. Picture: Twitter: @HelenZille

JOHANNESBURG - As Limpopo pupils return to school on Monday, rights organisation Section 27 warned that a catch-up plan could only begin once all textbooks have been delivered.

An independent verification team is expected to release the findings of its investigation into the province's textbook crisis on Monday.

Schools in the province were without learning material for most of the academic year.

Section 27 took government to court to force it to deliver textbooks by 15 June.

After it missed two deadlines, books were finally delivered.

The Department of Basic Education promised a catch-up plan would be put in place.

At the end of June, the department said 99 percent of the books had been distributed, but there were claims that some schools were still without necessary workbooks.

Attorney and member of Section 27 Nikki Stein said "The delivery of textbooks is still extremely urgent. The Department (Basic) Education's first report on a catch up plan is due on 30 July.

"As far as we understand, there can't be any progress until a catch-up plan and full deliver is complete."

By Thursday, a total of four textbook dump sites were discovered in the province.

While three separate task teams are investigating the textbook crisis, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said a nationwide probe around the delivery and ordering of textbooks is on the cards.