DG ‘not responsible’ for textbook saga

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Basic education director general Bobby Soobryan was not responsible for a delay in the ordering of textbooks for Limpopo schools, his department said on Wednesday.

Photo: Itumeleng English. Credit: Independent Newspapers

“The department refutes the allegation that the director general was responsible for the delay in the ordering of textbooks,” spokeswoman Hope Mokgatlhe said.

She was responding to an article published in The New Age newspaper on Monday. The paper reported that a presidential task team probing the Limpopo textbook saga recommended Soobryan be fired.

The journalist assumed there was a link between the director general and EduSolutions, the company appointed to distribute textbooks, which was untrue, said Mokgatlhe.

“The article is based on assumptions on the nature of the report which has in fact not been made public or shared with any person outside the task team itself.”

New Age editor Ryland Fischer said the paper stood by its story.

On Monday, President Jacob Zuma received a preliminary report from the team that investigated the late delivery of textbooks. Zuma was studying the report and urged the task team to continue and conclude its work. He would comment on the report once the matter had been concluded. - Sapa