Sadtu: Many Limpopo schools without books

Sadtu has gone on record and said many schools in Limpopo have not received any textbooks.

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

JOHANNESBURG - South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) in Limpopo said there are still a number of schools in the province without any textbooks.

The union's Mathume Raphasha there are more than 100 schools without books.

"We would like to state on record that many schools in the province have not yet received books and there is a huge backlog because of the shortage."

The Department of Basic Education said they have proof that textbooks were delivered to all schools in Limpopo.

The department's Panyaza Lesufi, "Even our critics Section27 have admitted that we have substantially delivered books. The Principals Association and many other Limpopo principals have admitted that we have delivered books."

'DA HAVE EVIDENCE OF NON-DELIVERY '

The new claims by Sadtu added merit to claims made by the Democratic Alliance last week.

Last week, DA's Mmusi Maimane confirmed that many schools in the province had not yet received any textbooks.

"We have evidence from 56 schools who said they have not received any textbooks."

Speaking on behalf of the department, Lesufi vehemently denied these allegations and subsequently said the DA should "shut up or withdraw its claims".

Lesufi said they had proof that textbooks were delivered in the province.

Thousands of Limpopo learners were without textbooks for the greater part of 2012 when education authorities failed to ensure that learning materials were available to pupils in the area.