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Dept hopeful textbooks for 2016 will be delivered on time

Officials briefed Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on its readiness for next year.

FILE: A photograph taken by the DA leader in Limpopo, Desiree van der Walt, shows boxes abandoned in a hall, apparently full of undelivered textbooks. 3 April 2014. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The Basic Education Department is confident textbooks will be delivered in all provinces on time ahead of the 2016 school year.

But the department admits there could be challenges.

Officials briefed Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Basic Education yesterday on school readiness for next year.

Deputy Director-general Palesa Tyobeka, says everything is in place but adds late registration of pupils could pose a problem.

"And not knowing if you'll get 10 more students or 20 more or 30 less. So there may be discrepancies only because of that but our planning this time has been really rigorous and the orders went out on time in all the provinces."

ENROLMENT CHALLENGES

The department says it still faces the challenge of late enrollments in spite of extensive communication with parents.

Tyobeka said the department will make assessments on late enrollment particularly in the Western Cape and Gauteng, which have been worst affected.

She said many parents are still submitting late applications despite department communicating extensively about the importance about applying early.

She added this poses a problem for the provinces in getting the proper support material, including textbooks.