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Section27 preps for textbook case

Section27 plans to take the Dept. of Education back to court over the Limpopo textbook saga.

Shredded textbooks in Limpopo. Picture: Twitter: @HelenZille.

JOHANNESBURG - Civil society group Section27 is preparing to take the Department of Basic Education back to court over the Limpopo textbook scandal this week.

Section27 said it was unhappy with the department's catchup plan for grade ten learners who went through half of the school year without textbooks.

The organisation took the department to court in April to try and speed up the delivery of books in the province.

The North Gauteng High Court granted the group an interdict and imposed a deadline for books to be delivered.

The 15 June due date was missed.

Section27 Director Mark Heywood said the department failed to come up with a sufficient catchup plan for affected students, even though it was previously approved by Parliament.

"We continue to have serious concerns about the quality, content and commitment to the catchup plan."

Heywood said the group was also concerned about the condition in which teaching was taking place in the province.

He said the quality and standard of education, sanitation and overcrowding in schools would also be raised with officials.

He said court papers, which will be filed in the North Gauteng High Court, were being finalised.

"It is now a matter of days before we find that we have to go back to court."

There are still reports that some Limpopo schools are still without all of their necessary learning material.

The initial delay was caused by an invalid tender.