‘Give Limpopo learners free pass’

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high school_oct 17 INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS (File photo) Photo: Matthews Baloyi

The ANC Youth League on Thursday demanded that Limpopo learners still waiting for textbooks be given a free pass.

“We demand that all learners be given the obligatory pass as the situation is stimulated by the government itself,” provincial spokesman Klaas Nono Mabunda said in a statement.

“The lack of learner support materials particularly textbooks comes with a lot of misfortunes to learners in grade 11 and 12,” said Mabunda.

Entry to the institutions of higher learning was determined by pupils' performance on this term in the school calendar.

Mabunda said recovery plans during the remaining school holidays of this year needed to be developed.

“The league support the call by the South African Democratic Teachers Union in Limpopo and other affected unions on their demand for remuneration as concocting the recovery plan will mean that there will not be resting on the part of teachers this year.”

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga apologised to Limpopo parents and pupils on Wednesday after learning of the non-delivery of textbooks for Grade 10 pupils in Limpopo.

“The situation is completely unacceptable. I have demanded a full report about reasons for this delay so that appropriate steps can be taken,” Motshekga said in a statement.

The national department took over the running of Limpopo's education department in December, following maladministration. Motshekga's office was informed that textbook delivery had been completed, but discovered delivery had in fact not taken place.

The department appealed to school governing bodies and opposition parties who had information on outstanding deliveries to pass it on so the matter could be resolved immediately. - Sapa



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