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Gauteng Education Dept clarifies textbook issue

The department says boxes of books that remain uncollected at UJ are supplementary work books.

Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Education Department has now clarified that boxes of books that remain sealed and uncollected at the University of Johannesburg are supplementary work books.

This follows reports that textbooks for schools in Lenasia, Eldorado Park, Soweto and Rosettenville are collecting dust at the Soweto campus.

The department says all textbooks have been delivered to schools across the province for the 2016 academic year.

It has however raised concerns over why these supplementary books have not yet been collected by the schools.

Spokesperson Oupa Bodibe said, "These are supplementary books for maths, science and technology. The schools have elected not come collect as fast as they should but we are now working on getting them to the schools as soon as possible."