WC unaware of textbook shortage

WC education says it is unaware of textbook shortages in the province.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department said on Thursday it was unaware of textbook shortages at any of its schools in the province.

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) said there were widespread shortages in all nine provinces.

Among the worst affected is apparently Limpopo where 25 percent of schools didn't get all their required learning materials in the first term.

Western Cape Education's Bronagh Casey said there are shortages from time to time.

"While we managed to deliver all textbooks that were ordered last year there have been some challenges. There are schools that experience learner growth or late enrollment and additional textbooks are required to meet that growth."