All Limpopo textbooks will be delivered by Jan – Motshekga
Come January, all Limpopo learners will have all textbooks for all the subjects they have enrolled for, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has said.
Speaking in Polokwane today, Motshekga said she didn’t want to see a repeat of last year’s highly publicised scandal which saw the department fail to deliver books on time, prompting rights group Section27 to force the department to do so through court orders. Many schools in the province eventually received books in July and August and even in September.
The department of education in Limpopo said today it had started delivering textbooks in schools for the 2013 academic year.
Said Motshekga: “All deliveries are expected to be completed by November 30. Between November 30 and December 13 we will be doing a mop-up exercise to check if all schools have the right books and the right quantities.
We want every child to have every textbook in every subject. We have about 5.5 million textbooks which we have to deliver in 3 950 schools.
All the books we have ordered have arrived and we are happy and we can assure all the people of Limpopo that we will have books on the first day of school next year.”
The textbooks, said Motshekga, will be for the new curriculum for Grades 4, 5, 6 and 11. Last year the curriculum, known as the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements, was introduced at Grades 1, 2, 3 and 8.
These grades will not need new books as they will continue using the books they received during the course of the year, she said, adding that the books will be used for periods of between three and five years.
The department’s administrator in the province, Mzwandile Matthews, said he has contracted logistics company UTI to handle the warehousing and distribution of the books. This year some distributors dumped books in rivers and under bridges in Limpopo.
However, Matthews said this will not happen again as UTI has an IT solution which will make it possible to track how many books were dispatched to a particular school, how many arrived, who confirmed receipt and which driver was responsible.
The company, said Matthews, will also deliver the books straight to schools as opposed to the current system of delivering them in district offices.
Because of the urgency of the matter Matthews said he had to invoke preferential procurement policies to acquire the services of UTI, and avoid going on public tender which would have taken a long time.
Section27 could not be reached for comment.