Limpopo Textbook Fight: Round 2

Education is forcing the hand of Section 27 with regard to the Limpopo textbook delivery.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Section 27 on Thursday confirmed there was a strong possibility it would take the Department of Basic Education back to court over the Limpopo textbooks.

The department has until the end of today to present the non-governmental organisation with a report on the delivery of the books and the catch-up plan for Grade 10 pupils in Limpopo.

Earlier this week, a parliamentary portfolio committee slammed the department's catch-up programme as "an insult", saying it was too vague and simplistic.

Some schools in the province still do not have textbooks, despite several task teams probing the matter and a court order compelling the department to deliver learning material.

Section 27 previously took the textbook fiasco to the courts, forcing the Limpopo and national Education departments to deliver the material last month.

Section 27's Mark Heywood said they have not heard from the department since the second week of July, despite their commitment to keep the rights group informed.

"We feel that we're getting pushed further and further into a space, where have little choice but to go to the court and say you need to reinforce the original order because it is not being complied with."

The Limpopo Department of Education was placed under administration in December, after it failed to manage its budget.

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