'Post office should deliver textbooks'
THE Communication Workers' Union (CWU) wants the post office to take over the responsibility of delivering school books.
The union made the plea at the Cosatu congress in Midrand yesterday, saying that the labour federation should speak to the government to cut out the middleman and post the books, which are also to be delivered at schools by the post office.
It said this would prevent another Limpopo debacle that led to schools in the province not receiving textbooks on time. In some instances books were found dumped and incorrect material delivered to schools.
A CWU delegate Macvicar Dyasobu said delivering books through the awarding of tenders had failed.
Dyasobu said the post office as a state entity would be better placed to deliver books at a low cost.
"Why are we using our (government) money to pay tender bosses to deliver school textbooks," he said.
"We have the post office, which is 100% owned by the state. Post office has curio services and it can help us with the delivery of textbooks in Limpopo and other provinces."
Non-governmental organisation Section 27 took the department of education to court to force the government to deliver school books in Limpopo.
With the Grade 12 final examinations a few weeks away, teachers are struggling to catch up on work that should have been covered earlier in the year.