Motshekga promises to meet deadline

Education Dept. is confident that it will meet its Limpopo textbook deadline.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will have to submit a full report on the Limpopo textbook crisis by this Friday.

The presidential task team released its official findings last Friday with numerous recommendations given on how to address the shortage that left pupils without textbooks for months.

The task team set up in July, spent months investigating those responsible, but said the Education Department's Director General Bobby Soobrayan must first be probed.

As an investigation into Soobrayan is set to begin, Motshekga has been ordered to give a full report by the end of the week.

The Education Department's Panyaza Lesufi said they will not miss the deadline.

"By Friday we will be in a position to respond to the president."

Lesufi said the department has also come to an agreement with rights group, Section27.

Any schools reported to the department by the group or the general public will be serviced by Friday.

Meanwhile, Soobrayan has welcomed the probe saying he has nothing to hide.

He said he went beyond the call of duty when dealing with the textbook crisis.

At the same time, opposition parties have been calling for the dismissal of Motshekga over the saga.

The minister has refused to take full responsibility for the incident.