Some schools still without textbooks - Sadtu

Sadtu believes authorities are downplaying the seriousness of textbook shortages in the country.

Sadtu believes authorities are down playing the seriousness of textbook shortages in the country.

CAPE TOWN - Provincial education officials are downplaying the seriousness of textbook shortages in the country, the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) said on Wednesday.

The union added it was excluded from a meeting with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in Johannesburg this week, where various education MECs and Basic Education Department officials were present.

Sadtu argued it should have been included in the meeting, as it must hold MECs and the department to account for problems in the education sector.

The union's Nomusa Cembi said top officials are downplaying a countrywide textbook shortage.

"We would have loved to also been invited. The first term is over and there are schools which still do not have books."

She said 25 percent of schools in Limpopo have not received learning material.

Sadtu also claims there is a shortage of teachers in the Eastern Cape.

The Basic Education Department has not been available for comment.

In 2012, Limpopo schools were forced to go without textbooks for most of the year.

The Limpopo Education Department had only delivered 48 percent of textbooks by July 3.

Meanwhile, schools in the Eastern Cape did not receive workbooks at all.

Several thousand textbooks were returned to the provincial education department because they were in the wrong language.

Opposition parties called for Minister Angie Motshekga's resignation, but she refused.