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Over 30 schools await textbook court ruling

Education Department's Elijah Mhlanga says shortages have not affected teaching.

Education Department's Elijah Mhlanga says shortages have not affected teaching. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - More than 30 schools in Limpopo will find out today if the High Court in Pretoria will grant an urgent order compelling the Basic Education Department to deliver outstanding textbooks to their premises.

Pupils are still waiting for workbooks for this academic year despite claims by education officials that more than 6 million books have been delivered throughout the province.

Lobby group Basic Education for All, which took the department to court, wants all outstanding learning material to be delivered by the end of May.

But the education department's Elijah Mhlanga says shortages have not affected teaching.

"This notion that teaching and learning isn't happening isn't true and that's why we call it Learner Teacher Support Material, meaning textbooks aren't the only thing used to learn."