Monthly Archives: October 2012

On the trail of South Africa’s missing textbooks

Many schoolchildren in South Africa’s Limpopo province have gone for months without school books. There was money to buy the books. There was also a contract to deliver them. Yet they didn’t arrive. Listen to the BBC Radio documentary: ‘On the trail of South Africa’s missing textbooks’

SECTION27 welcomes the report of the Presidential Task Team into the non-delivery of textbooks to Limpopo schools and calls for urgent implementation of recommendations.

SECTION27 welcomes the release yesterday of the report of the Presidential Task Team established to investigate non-delivery of textbooks to Limpopo schools. The report finds that the textbooks crisis arose from the failure of firstly, the Limpopo Department of Education and then the National Department of Basic Education (DBE) to procure and deliver CAPS textbooks.

NEW JUDGEMENT AGAINST DEPARTMENT OF BASIC EDUCATION (DBE) SETS DEADLINE FOR DELIVERY OF TEXTBOOKS AND STRESSES NEED FOR OPENESS AND ACCOUNTABILITY

SECTION27 welcomes the judgment handed down by Judge Kollapen this morning in the matter of SECTION27 versus the Department of Basic Education (DBE). The judgment deals with a continued failure by the DBE and the Limpopo Department of Education to deliver textbooks across Limpopo and to put in place an effective catch-up plan. The fact is that the DBE has repeatedly said that textbooks have been delivered; yet in court they conceded that this was not true.