Limpopo textbook report expected

A report on the Limpopo textbook fiasco is expected to be made public on Monday.

One of the primary schools in Limpopo who waited for textbooks. Picture: Andrea Van Wyk/EWN

POLOKWANE - A report on the Limpopo textbook fiasco is expected to be made public on Monday.

The document was compiled by a task team established to look into the delivery of the textbooks in that province.

Mary Metcalfe, who chaired the team, sent her draft report to the Department of Basic Education and rights group Section 27, which took the department to court earlier this year.

The parties had until 6pm on Sunday to send their comments on the report to allow the former higher education director general to complete her final report.

Many pupils did not have reading material six months into the school year.

The report will contain recommendations of a way forward and ways to prevent such a delay in the future.

The entire issue has been surrounded by controversy with several incidents where textbooks were found dumped and questions rose over the company responsible for the delivery of books.

The invalid tender awarded to EduSolutions was only cancelled in April.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) party wants Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to probe the relationship between EduSolutions and the ANC.

DA spokesperson Cameron Arendse said their request follows a claim that a former education boss discovered a blank cheque addressed to the supplier.

Meanwhile, today is the start of the third academic term and Limpopo schools will find out if all their textbooks were delivered.

Learners at Taxila Secondary School in Polokwane spent the school holidays attending winter classes and private tutorials in an effort to catch-up with the syllabus.

Grade 10 pupils told Eyewitness News they would be devastated if they were left in the lurch again.

They expressed worry that they will not be able to do their homework or pass their final examinations.