Education

Fight for textbooks back in court

Sapa

Several schools in the Limpopo province are dragging the department of basic education to court for failing to deliver textbooks.

About 23 Limpopo schools say they are still without some textbooks. (Luke Boelitz, MG)

Limpopo schools are taking the fight for textbooks back to court, City Press reported on Sunday.

The move was being spearheaded 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 in Pretoria on Tuesday.

The parties want the court to rule that the basic education department must provide all outstanding books by April 7.

The department said it was aware of the court action and studying the documents, City Press reported. Last year, the department promised that by January, all public schools around the country would have textbooks for every pupil in every subject.

In 2012 the department failed to deliver books to Limpopo schools until June. – Sapa

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