Department delivers 98% of textbooks on time
AT LEAST 98% of textbooks had been delivered to inland schools ahead of the first day of school on Wednesday, the Basic Education Department said.
"We are ready for day one," minister Angie Motshekga said on Tuesday. "We are ready to welcome about 1-million learners into the education system."
Last year, Ms Motshekga was criticised as many Limpopo schools failed to receive textbooks on time. Some schools were reportedly still without textbooks in August.
The department said extra textbooks would be delivered within the first two weeks of school this year. Teachers should be ready and in their classrooms from the first day.
While the department acknowledged encountering some problems, it said these were being addressed.
"These include the late registration of learners, too many applications flocking to former model C schools, and space constraints in some schools because of overcrowding. There’s also been the issue of forced closure of schools, as experienced in the Western Cape."
In October, Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant announced that 20 schools — later 18 — would be closed because of dwindling pupil numbers and multigrade teaching.
Last month, the Western Cape High Court granted 17 of the schools an urgent interdict halting the closures.
The department said Ms Motshekga and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe would visit several schools on Wednesday.
Their focus would be school readiness, the supply and training of teachers, readiness to implement the curriculum, the state of pupil registrations, delivery of textbooks and stationery, and the availability of pupil transport and school nutrition to children who qualified.
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