Mamelodi pupils waiting for texbooks

The department blamed the textbook shortage on late registrations.

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

MAMELODI - The Gauteng Department of Education has confirmed that some grade 11 pupils at a school have still not received textbooks for the 2013 academic year.

Books for maths, physical and life science were not allocated to ten percent of learners.

This despite the academic year having started almost a month ago.

The Basic Education Department had committed to ensuring that all textbooks are delivered to primary and high schools in 2013.

Grade 11 pupils at the Phateng Comprehensive School in Mamelodi, Pretoria, said they were not able to get much work done as they were still waiting for books to arrive.

The department's Charles Pahlane said the delays were caused by the late registration of pupils.

He also said the school's principal met with the governing body and parents last week to explain the situation.

Speaking on the issue of textbook delivery on the first day of the 2013 academic year, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said publishers and suppliers were given a 10-day grace period to complete deliveries to some schools.

She also said there were delays in the delivery of stationary to Limpopo schools.

But she said it was not the fault of the department.

In 2012, Limpopo learners were left without textbooks for over six months.

The department failed to deliver workbooks on several occasions, despite rulings from the North Gauteng High Court compelling officials to deliver books.