On 30 April 2013 the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) published an interim report of its investigation into the delivery of learner teacher support materials (LTSM), including textbooks and workbooks, across South Africa. SECTION27 made its submission to the SAHRC on 14 May 2013.
SECTION27 has recently obtained the judgment (see below) handed down on 4 October 2012, by Kollapen J in the North Gauteng High Court. The judgment relates to an application brought by SECTION27, Hanyani Thomo Secondary School and Lutandale Primary School, represented by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS).
15 December 2012 marks the deadline for the delivery of textbooks to Limpopo schools for Grades 4, 5, 6 and 11 for 2013. This court-imposed deadline follows a failure by the Department of Basic Education and the Limpopo Department of Education to deliver textbooks to Limpopo schools for most of the 2012 academic year. Grades 4, 5, 6 and 11 will be starting the CAPS syllabus next year.
To assist the DBE to keep its promise we urge all school governing bodies (SGBs), learner organisations, parents and unions of teachers to report any shortages or incorrect delivery of these materials to the nearest office of the DBE. Also, send your reports to the one of the following organisations who will be monitoring the DBE’s progress with delivery of books.
As required by the order of the North Gauteng High Court of 4 October 2012, the Department of Basic Education filed an affidavit on 31 October 2012 detailing the steps taken to ensure timeous delivery of textbooks to the CAPS grades for next year.
The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has today filed an affidavit with the North Gauteng High Court in which it states that it has delivered all outstanding CAPS textbooks in Limpopo. A copy of the affidavit is attached below