Expecting every pupil to receive a textbook isn’t prima-donna behaviour: universal access is vital.
Storm of opposition greets the government’s plan of ?‘one book per subject, per grade, per language’.
Ways to create cheaper learning materials are being probed, but there are stumbling blocks.
A presentation at the South African Education Research Association 2014 conference finds that history textbooks misrepresent Nelson Mandela.
The DA has expressed shock over Medium Term Strategic Framework figures, which show that only 61% of pupils have access to required textbooks.
The judiciary is quite right to be reluctant to tell government in its judgments what to do or what not to do.
The basic education department will appeal a court ruling despite hundreds of pupils not having all their textbooks months into the school year.
The recent Limpopo textbook judgment could have been more helpful on the question of relief for the violation of rights.
An SAHRC report indicates most provincial education departments do not know how many schools or pupils they have in the province.
The Pretoria high court has ruled that government violated the right to basic education by failing to deliver textbooks to all Limpopo schoolchildren.
Basic Education for All has asked for a court order to force Limpopo education authorities to deliver all textbooks to the schools by June 6.
According to government, Section27's Limpopo textbook case is very close to being resolved and should not even have reached the high court.
Limpopo's education department has expressed disappointment with "false claims" that undelivered textbooks were found in a warehouse in Fetakgomo.
During a visit to a teachers' training college in Limpopo, the DA says it has discovered "warehouses still filled with undelivered textbooks".
Section 27 is taking the Limpopo education department back to court over a failure to deliver textbooks to thousands of pupils again.
According to a newspaper report, some Limpopo schools have still not received textbooks.
Basic education director general Bobby Soobrayan has been found not guilty of wrongdoing, says department spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi.
Section27 has applauded the department of basic education on the state of textbook deliveries in Limpopo for the 2014 academic year.
Pupils in Limpopo will have textbooks in time for the 2014 academic year, says education MEC Dikeledi Magadzi.