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Limpopo suffers yet another school stationery crisis

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POLOKWANE – The Department of Basic Education in Limpopo is yet again facing a text book and stationery shortage for schools in the whole province. The department reported that there was a shortage of about 40 000 books last year in the province. The department failed to address last year’s issue which persists to increase 2017 crisis.

Heading onto the third week since the schools resumed, teachers in Limpopo are desperately recycling stationery, having pupils write their classworks on single-papers after the department have once again failed to deliver basic services. The same situation had happened back in 2012 when they failed to deliver learner materials on time having the grade 10-11 suffer the most in the end.

“Much more work still has to be done in the other three districts of the province, namely Sekhukhune, Mopani and Waterberg. The delay in the delivery of stationery is mainly due to the appointment of a new supplier, following the expiry of a three-year contract that supplied stationery to our schools,” said Limpopo education department spokesman Naledzani Rasila.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is reported to pursuing and considering legal action against the Department of Basic Education in Limpopo for failure to deliver stationery to some schools in the province. Last year, the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled the department should ensure that all schools should receive the required textbooks for the 2017 academic year. The commission says the department’s failure to ensure that pupils have all their prescribed textbooks is a violation of their human rights.

Non-Delivery Over Stationery

According to reports, the department have a new supplier, which they annonce but never approached. This has caused the delay in the delivery of text books and stationery to schools in rural areas part of Limpopo. Apparently the new supplier was appointed very late leading to the delay. The so called ‘new suppliers’ considers taking the matter to court for defamation or misuse of their name by the department.