Limpopo Schools Still Without Textbooks

Eight months into the academic year, pupils at a rural school in Limpopo still do not have textbooks.
The school governing body (SGB) at Ramalawane Secondary School in Ga-Mphahlele village, in the Lepelle-Nkumpi Municipality, say their repeated pleas to have outstanding textbooks delivered have fallen on deaf ears.
SGB member, Masese Madigoe, says that the school required 105 textbooks for maths, physical science, geography, Sepedi and life orientation, adding that pupils in grades 9, 10 and 11 are affected by the non-delivery of textbooks.

Schools Take Govt to Court Over Textbooks

Numerous schools in Limpopo are taking the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to court for failing to deliver textbooks.
The move is headed by 23 schools that say that between them, they still need 18 000 books.

The case, initiated by lobby group Basic Education for All, through civil rights organisation SECTION27, is due to be heard in the High Court, Pretoria.

To read the article titled, “Fight for textbooks back in court, report,” click here.

Limpopo Textbooks Still Not Delivered

According to a newspaper report, some schools in Limpopo still have not received their textbooks for the 2014 school year.

Sipho Mothobuka, principal of Moloketla Primary, complains that the education department makes announcements on the radio to say that the books are delivered, but that is not so and it is a problem.

Daniel Ramatladi, mathematics teacher, states that teachers sometimes forced to write out the whole textbook on the blackboard.

Limpopo Textbook Delivery on Track

Civil society lobby group SECTION27 is impressed with the state of text book deliveries in Limpopo for the 2014 academic year.
In a press statement, SECTION27 spokesperson, Nikki Stein, points out that, "We commend the department of basic education and the Limpopo department of education on their improvement in textbook delivery for the 2014 academic year."
Stein says the organisation used a sample of 80 schools in the area, and that all schools have confirmed delivery of textbooks.

Judges Lash Motshekga Over Textbooks

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, and her department have been lashed by senior judges for their ‘woeful’ inability to deliver textbooks to schools in Limpopo three years after a new curriculum was introduced.

On 2 December 2015, the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal by Motshekga against the decision of the High Court in Pretoria‚ and upheld the cross-appeal by Basic Education For All and affected schools.

Court Rules Against Govt Over Textbooks

The Pretoria High Court has ruled that government violated the right to basic education by failing to deliver textbooks to all Limpopo schoolchildren on time this year.

Judge Neil Tuchten made specific orders seeking to prevent a recurrence next year of the financial constraints that government argued in court had prevented full and timeous delivery of the books.

Tuchten ordered government to pay the costs of community-based organisation Basic Education for All (BEFA), its representative in the case, rights organisation, SECTION27 and the 39 applicant schools.

New Textbook Scandal in Limpopo

According to Poppy Louw, Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, survived calls for her head following the 2012 textbooks saga but her department has yet again failed to keep its promise to deliver all the books schools need in time for the first term.

In her article titled ‘New textbook scandal rocks Limpopo’, Louw points out that Solanga Milambo, a SECTION27 activist in Giyani, could not establish the exact number of pupils affected but said some schools were short of about 100 books per grade.

Some Schools Still Without Textbooks

Rights group, SECTION27, says there is still some schools without textbooks in Limpopo.

SECTION27 spokesperson, Nikki Stein, says that, “What worries us is also the fact that we have been flooded with phone calls this morning from schools to report textbooks shortages.”

Stein states that the callers asked SECTION27 not to give their names to the Department of Education because they have been intimidated, threatened and told that if they do report their textbook shortages, disciplinary steps may be taken against them.

Reports of Textbook Shortage in Limpopo

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, says her department is yet to receive notifications about textbook shortages in Limpopo.

This after the South African Democratic Teachers Union, SECTION27, including the Democratic Alliance, say they have received reports from various schools in the recent weeks, indicating they have yet to receive textbooks, two months is into the new academic year.

Another challenge that had been raised by SECTION27 was that of infrastructure in the province, which Motshekga admitted that it is a widespread challenge.

SECTION27 Satisfied With Textbook Delivery

The civil rights group, SECTION27, says it is satisfied with the delivery of textbooks and workbooks to Limpopo schools.

In a press statement, the organisation points out that, "We are encouraged that most schools in Limpopo, who had received no textbooks before the commencement of the 2012 academic year, have received their textbooks and workbooks for 2013."

It says that, "These schools have followed up directly with the [department] and have been assured that the outstanding textbooks and workbooks will be delivered by the end of this week."


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