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No books for blind WC pupils

The Western Cape Education Department says it is well aware of the shortage of Braille textbooks.

The Western Cape Education Department says it is well aware of the shortage of Braille textbooks.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department on Thursday said it was well aware of the shortage of Braille textbooks in the province.

Eyewitness News understands that the Athlone School for the Blind has not received a single book since 2011.

Instead, the institution received textbooks for sighted pupils.

Legislation holds the department responsible for the provision of these books.

Provincial education spokesperson Paddy Atwell said, "The situation applies to all 22 schools for the blind in the country. There is limited capacity for printing books in Braille."

"The Department of Basic Education has centralised procurement and payment for textbooks and workbooks, and our officials are liasing with the department on this issue."

Meanwhile, the Basic Education Department's Panyaza Lesufi said the province need to own up.

"The provision of textbooks, regardless of whether they are Braille or not, is the responsibility of the provincial government."