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2014 textbook deliveries 'on track'

Officials say the process is 72 percent complete in Limpopo.

The Basic Education Department is confident it will complete its textbook deliveries before the New Year. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Department of Basic Education on Tuesday said the delivery of textbooks, workbooks and stationery to schools for 2014 is on track.

Department officials briefed Members of Parliament (MPs) about a progress report on Tuesday morning.

The department is busy delivering the final textbooks needed by grades seven, nine and 12 pupils for the new curriculum.

Additional textbooks for grades four to six and eleven pupils, as well as workbooks and stationery are also being delivered.

Figures provided by the department show in five provinces, including Gauteng and the Western Cape, deliveries to schools are almost complete.

In Limpopo, the process is 72 percent complete.

The lack of textbook deliveries in that province caused a major headache for the department in 2012.

The Free State and KwaZulu-Natal are lagging behind, but officials insist all deliveries will be completed by the end of November.

The department's Allan Subban says, "Provinces are well on track to ensure delivery."

However, MPs questioned the reliability of the report.

But the department maintains it is a true reflection of the situation.