Dismal exam results not our fault - Dept

The Department of Basic Education says school books for the year 2013 have been ordered.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Basic Education on Sunday rubbished reports that government's failure to deliver school textbooks in Limpopo led to the dismal results achieved in June exams in the province.

The _Sunday Times _reported that a survey of schools showed that as many as 70 percent of grade 10 pupils in schools that did not receive books failed their mid-year exams.

At the same time, political pressure intensifies on those responsible for the crisis to be fired, including Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Limpopo Education MEC Dickson Masemola.

The department's spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said a survey of a few schools does not make for a reliable assessment of the situation.

"It is not scientific research. We do not have the history of those schools. But above all, the incident is unfortunate."

Lesufi said Motshekga cannot be blamed for the textbook saga or for the exam results.

But he said the catch-up plan is in full swing and textbooks for 2013 have been bought.

Opposition parties called for Motshekga to set a final deadline for all books to be delivered and to resign if this is not achieved.

The Department of Basic Education failed to deliver the necessary workbooks by 27 June, a due date it agreed on with rights organisation Section 27.

The department missed an earlier deadline set by the North Gauteng High Court after Section 27 applied for an interdict to force the department to deliver textbooks to all schools.

Meanwhile, Masemola told Eyewitness News he will not resign because the textbook matter was beyond his control.