New system to track textbooks delivery

Minister Angie Motshekga says a new system will ensure all textbooks are delivered on time.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announces the plan to deliver textbooks in 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

LIMPOPO - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Thursday said the Education Department's new computer system will ensure that textbooks are delivered and distributed accordingly.

She also said the system will ensure that each and every textbook is accounted for.

Earlier on Thursday, the minister inspected the warehousing and distribution process of textbooks for next year in Limpopo.

Earlier this year, rights group Section27 took the Basic Education Department to court after it emerged that a number of schools had not received learning material three months into the academic year.

The department missed several delivery deadlines that were set by the North Gauteng High Court, leaving several grades in the province without learning material for at least six months.

Motshekga said she is pleased that this financial year allowed the department to provide adequate textbooks for Limpopo learners.

She also said she was confident there would be no dumping of textbooks, which happened on numerous occasions this year.

"There were books which were thrown into the river and we would not know which books those were. But now we will know because of the new computer system."

Each book will be tagged with a barcode, which will allow the department to track the delivery of the books at any time.

The department appointed UTi Sun Couriers for the deliveries, which officially began on Thursday.

It hopes to complete textbook deliveries by mid-December.

Almost six million textbooks will be sent to at least 200 schools in Limpopo.

The minister will be able to track the progress on the department's website until it is complete.

Watch Minister Angie Motshekga during the first of delivering textbooks for 2013: click here.