Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has demanded a detailed report on the reason why there have been delays with the delivery of textbooks for Grade 10 learners in Limpopo in order that correct steps can be taken.
Motshekga pointed out that she had become of the complaints and was deeply concerned with the reports of the partial delivery of textbooks and was taken aback by the delays by trusted service providers.
These service providers had guaranteed the delivery of all books to Limpopo schools by 15 June, in accordance with a High Court order.
She conveyed her sincere apologies to the people of Limpopo, specifically parents and learners, for the state of affairs and promised them that the department had formulated a recovery plan to make up for the time lost by learners.
“My office was informed that textbook delivery has been completed and we have been acting in good faith based on the information, only to discover this week that the information in our possession was not factual. We will now reinforce the capacity of our service providers to ensure that the textbooks are in schools as soon as possible,” Motshekga explained.
She thanked the publishers for their “sterling” work as the department received high quality in all textbooks on time. She added the fact that the recently introduced central procurement of textbooks program managed to save the Limpopo government R1 billion.
Motshekga additionally appealed to a variety of stakeholders, who have carried out a great deal of work collating information on the outstanding deliveries, to make available to the department all the information make it possible for for the department to resolve the situation immediately.
Motshekga plans to visit the Limpopo region and meet with all education stakeholders to apologise for this unforeseen and unfortunate situation. Following systemic and management lapses, the Education Department took over all administration of the Limpopo Education Department in December 2011.
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