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Exams postponed due to budget constraints

The Limpopo Education Department has again denied the province is in crisis.

Children stand outside Taxila Secondary School in Polokwane, Limpopo. Picture: Tara Meaney/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Limpopo Education Department has again denied the province is in crisis after some of its mid-year exams were postponed due to budget issues.

School teachers say a number of subjects including maths literacy were due to be written this week, but have now been moved to the end of the timetable.

The troubled province has battled through two years of disruptions with the department continuously failing to deliver textbooks to pupils.

The department's Pat Kgomo says exams have been postponed as a result of a systems failure.

"Due to the delay of the transfer of the norms and standards monies to the account, they may not be in a position to administer credible mid-year examinations."

In 2012, many Limpopo schools were forced to go for months without textbooks after the department failed to deliver them.

Section 27 took the ministry to court in a bid to get it to deliver textbooks.

Opposition parties called for Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga's resignation following the debacle but she refused.

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