Schools finally get textbooks
THE Department of Basic Education has finally kick-started the delivery of textbooks to schools in Limpopo.
This follows a court ruling ordering the department to supply books within two weeks.
Human rights organisation Section27 approached the Pretoria High Court in May, seeking an order that textbooks be delivered across Limpopo.
The schools had been without prescribed textbooks since the beginning of the year.
Although the books arrived after mid-year exams had started, the department is confident that measures put in place to help pupils with catch-up lessons will yield positive results.
Department spokesman Panyaza Lesufi said yesterday they had adopted a "four-pronged" strategy to improve the pass rate.
This included focusing on grades 10 to 12, upgrading study guides, using previous exam papers and offering extra classes.
Congress of South African Students provincial secretary Risenga Shivambu said they would bring in extra classes to ensure an improvement.