Limpopo's education woes continue

There's no official response as to why exams in the province have been postponed.


JOHANNESBURG - The Limpopo Education Department has not officially responded to the postponement of school exams which were scheduled for this week.

Teachers said a number of subjects, including maths literacy, were supposed to have been written, but have now been moved to the end of the timetable.

A number of schools complained they did not have resources to print examination papers with some claiming no examination sheets were delivered by the department.

The troubled province battled through two years of disruptions, with the department continuously failing to deliver study material and textbooks to pupils.

Earlier this year rights organisation Section27 gave the department a week to confirm and begin to rectify newly-discovered shortages of textbooks in Limpopo.

In 2012, the group took the department to court three times over the province's textbook crisis, which saw pupils without textbooks for most of last year.

Piles of books were also found dumped and destroyed.

Section27 served a letter of demand to the department asking that books be delivered to selected schools by 26 April.

Meanwhile, the South African Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) called for Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and her director-general Bobby Soobrayan to resign.

The union said Motshekga failed to improve education in South Africa.