Limpopo textbook saga ‘unfortunate’ – ANC

It was “unfortunate” that Limpopo pupils did not have textbooks in the first half of the year, the ANC said on Thursday.

“We are saying, it’s very unfortunate,” African National Congress spokesman Jackson Mthembu told SAfm.

“Six months into an education year, kids have no books.”

Mthembu did not want to comment on reports that the education department had again missed a deadline to deliver the textbooks by midnight on Wednesday.

The department was expected to send a report on Thursday morning to civil rights group Section27 with an update on the situation.

The department of basic education was initially ordered in May to provide Limpopo schools with textbooks by June 15.

The High Court in Pretoria in May ruled that the department’s failure to provide textbooks violated the Constitution.

Section 27, which brought the application, met the department after the first deadline expired, and it was decided that delivery of the textbooks should be completed by Wednesday. – SAPA