Books to schools delay

Vuyolwethu Sangotsha

Vuyolwethu Sangotsha

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) in Eastern Cape yesterday blamed the provincial Education Department for awarding tenders to suppliers who lacked the capacity to deliver books to schools in the province.

Sadtu provincial secretary Mxolisi Dimaza said a number of pupils were still sharing textbooks.

Dimaza expressed dissatisfaction with the way the provincial Education Department was dealing with the delivery of textbooks and support material for pupils.

"There are people who are not doing their work properly. They need to be replaced with others who can do the job," he said.

Dimaza said in some cases a person with one bakkie was awarded a tender to deliver books to 30 schools.

He said the department needed to sit down with all concerned to identify the cause of the problems in delivering the books.

The union also hoped that the MEC for finance, Billy Nel, would give direction regarding a solution to this problem in his budget speech on Friday.

Not long ago the department admitted there were delays in the delivery of books in the province.

This was attributed to the failure of distributors to honour their contracts.

Nomlamli Mahanjana, the Education Department's superintendent-general, said all the defaulters' contracts had been terminated.