Great progress has been made since the national department took over education in Limpopo, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Thursday.

“As we speak, textbooks are being delivered to the central warehouse in Polokwane,” she told reporters in Pretoria.

The deadline for delivery of textbooks in Limpopo was June 15.

The new textbooks would mainly be for grades one, two, three and 10, with top-ups for the other grades.

Motshekga said that on June 11, trucks from the districts in the region had started moving textbooks to warehouses and schools.

“We are therefore in time to meet the deadline for delivery to all schools by tomorrow,” she said.

The national department took over administration of the province's education department in December, after it experienced systemic management lapses.

These included having more staff than budgeted for, over-spending, and a shortage of textbooks and stationery for the 2012 school year. - Sapa