Panyaza Lesufi. Photo: Chris Collingridge

Johannesburg - The start of the 2014 school year is progressing smoothly, the basic education department said on Wednesday.

“The provisional report, which covers up until 9am, indicates that everything went smoothly,” spokesman Panyaza Lesufi said.

He said 99 percent of textbooks had been delivered to schools on time, and the remaining one percent would be delivered within 10 days.

These outstanding books were the result of slight mismatches in the language of the books with the number of pupils at particular schools.

A few minor issues were reported, such as some parents waiting until the first day of school to register their children.

The department was monitoring the distribution of teachers in some schools in the Eastern Cape.

A few schools had suffered damage from storms, vandalism and theft over the holidays, but the department had teams on standby to fix these problems and avoid disruptions. - Sapa