Limpopo ready for new school year

Limpopo Education Dept is hoping the new school year will be free of scandal.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) on Tuesday said relations between teachers and the education department in Limpopo have been salvaged, but it issued a warning that schools in the troubled province were unlikely to survive another scandal.

Schools are set to start in the province on Wednesday in the aftermath of the 2012 textbook crisis.

Learners were forced to learn without textbooks for several months following the failure to deliver textbooks on time.

However, the province improved its matric pass rate by six percent despite the challenges.

Sadtu's provincial secretary Matome Raphasha said the moral among teachers and pupils is high compared to this time in 2012.

"There's stability in the province in terms of textbooks. Learners are ready to go back to school because preparations were made."

He said teachers have put the textbook scandal behind them.

"Despite the issue of textbooks, they continue to teach. Teachers are ready to continue to work."

But Raphasha warned if the concerns of educators fall of deaf ears in 2013, teachers will not take it lying down.