Section 27 encouraged by textbook delivery

Section27 is encouraged by the Education Department's prompt textbook delivery.

A worker places a sticker on workbooks for the 2013 academic year. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Rights group Section 27 on Wednesday said it was encouraged by the reports it had received from schools in Limpopo, after the first day of school.

Textbook delivery was on track for the 2013 academic year.

In 2012, the organisation dragged the Basic Education Department to court over late textbook delivery and has been one of its fiercest critics.

Section 27 executive director Mark Heywood said that they were cautiously optimistic because of the information and reports received from various provincial authorities.

"We do feel reasonably confident that there has been a serious effort to ensure that the new textbooks of the curriculum are delivered to schools in time for the start of the new school year."

Heywood also said they would continue to monitor the situation and would focus on a wide range of issues, not just textbook being delivered on time.