14 August 2012

South Africa: Catch Up Plan Given Thumbs Up By Parliament Education Committee

press release

The Department of Basic Education welcomes the decision of the Basic Education Portfolio Committee in to fully accept the catch up for the Limpopo Education Department. "The acceptance of the plan vindicates the department that there are some people who want to deny the department the space to implement the catch up plan" says the Director-General of the department, Mr Bobby Soobrayan.

The department also briefed the committee on progress in the delivery of textbooks. The report indicated that, of the 1 265 677 books ordered, 1 236 554 were delivered to all schools. The variance is meant to cover for those schools that either under ordered or were not in the names of schools used to order books.

The committee was also briefed that the only outstanding deliveries were on back orders in the languages of Tshivenda, Xitsonga and Sepedi in lower grades. The Tshivenda and Xitsonga books have since been delivered.

The department accepts the committee's decision to report to them on a monthly basis.

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