Govt to be sued for poor education

The Progressive Principals' Association believes government has failed to provide quality education.

FILE: The Progressive Principals' Association believes government has failed to provide quality education. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A group known as the Progressive Principals' Association (PPA) is taking government to court for failing to deliver quality education.

Papers have been served on various departments.

The Western Cape-based association describes itself as promoting a "pro-poor agenda".

Veteran education activist Jean Pease and the PPA blame government for a range of problems in the education system.

In court papers, they say government failed to equip the majority of pupils in public schools with sufficient literacy and numeracy skills that are central to basic education.

They say textbooks are also not being delivered on time in all public schools.

The group accused officials of failing to take reasonable steps to equip all teachers with adequate skills and curb absenteeism.

National and provincial education departments have been cited as respondents in the matter.

Meanwhile, the Basic Education Department has vowed to deliver textbooks on time following the Limpopo textbook saga in 2012.

Learners in the province were forced to go without learning material for most of the year.

The department vowed to deliver textbooks on time, saying it was on track to meet 2014 deadlines.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga believes the South African education system is improving despite challenges.