Education Dept completes textbook deliveries

Basic Education Dept says it has learnt its lesson and has made sure all textbooks are delivered.

The Democratic Alliance found textbooks being destroyed at a warehouse in Fort Beaufort, in the Eastern Cape. Picture: DA

JOHANNESBURG - The Basic Education Department said on Tuesday it will continue to work with Limpopo schools to ensure all outstanding textbooks for 2013 are delivered.

The department confirmed most textbooks have already been delivered.

Earlier this year the North Gauteng High Court ordered the department to have books for grades 4,5,6 and 11 delivered by 15 December.

The department's Mathanzima Mweli said they have learnt from the past and there are only a few deliveries outstanding.

"The system we are using this time is a very insulated system where we can monitor which schools are receiving textbooks from the data."

Meanwhile, public interest law centre, Section27, urged schools who are still awaiting textbooks to speak out.

A lawyer for the group, Nikki Stein said, "We encourage any schools to report any shortfalls in the delivery of textbooks so that this can be sorted as soon as possible."