Limpopo textbook report to be made public

2012-07-16 11:45
A report on why school textbooks were delivered so late into the year in Limpopo was expected to be made public by NGO Section 27 later today, spokesperson Mark Heywood said.

“We have the report,” said Heywood, adding they were hoping to host a media briefing later today to discuss its contents.

Mary Metcalfe, a former education director-general, was appointed by the basic education department in June to evaluate the delivery of textbooks to schools in the province.

At the time, department spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said this was to help with the verification of the information the department had regarding the distribution of learning materials to pupils in Grade 1, 2, 3 and 10 in the province.

Section 27 had taken the department to court to force it to deliver the books, after some schools in the province had been without books for seven months.

The department and Section 27 agreed on the appointment of the independent person to verify claims that had been made.

A presidential task team and the Limpopo government were also conducting their own investigations into the situation, which had been accompanied by media reports of textbook dumping and irregular ordering and tender processes.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga blamed the Limpopo government being placed under administration last year, and so not having money to pay for the learning materials.

She denied claims that no learning was possible in the province, saying some schools had received textbooks.