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Dept promises to rectify textbook shortage

Basic Education has promised it will have all textbooks delivered to Limpopo by the end of this week.

Basic Education has promised it will have all textbooks delivered to Limpopo by the end of this week. Picture: Andrea van Wyk/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Basic Education Department on Tuesday promised to rectify textbook shortages in Limpopo by Friday this week.

Department officials briefed parliament's basic education portfolio committee on its efforts to ensure schools in Limpopo received learning material for the 2013 academic year.

More than two million textbooks have been delivered to schools in Limpopo, but earlier this year the Basic Education Department found that 42,000 textbooks and teaching guides were outstanding.

Officials have now initiated a so called mop-up to make up for the shortfall.

The department's Hubert Mweli said, "The target of the team is that by 8 March the reported shortages should have been met and if not, we should get an explanation as to why because those books have been ordered."

Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament (MP) Annette Lovemore said she did not trust the department's figures.

"Last year the director general indicated there were some schools which the did not know about in Limpopo."

MPs have questioned the validity of the department's data.

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