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Dept probes Maitland textbook bungle

This comes after a protest by over 200 learners in front of the department's head offices.

FILE: The Western Cape Education Department is investigating a departmental bungle which led to a shortage of textbooks at Maitland High School. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department is investigating a departmental bungle which led to a shortage of textbooks at Maitland High School.

Following a protest by over 200 learners in front of the department's head offices, the department visited the school to investigate.

The department has postponed mid-year exams at the school due to a textbook shortage.

The group of learners demanded action from the department after having been without textbooks for months.

The department said the high school's principal placed an order for new textbooks months ago, but somehow it was never delivered.

An investigation is currently underway to find out the reason behind the departmental oversight.

The department's Paddy Attwell said curriculum advisors will oversee a "catch-up program" which the learners will take part in while exams are halted.

"The learners won't be disadvantages in any way, the publishers have undertaken the delivery of the textbooks as soon as possible next week."

LISTEN: Paddy Attwell speaks to Keino Kammies