Gauteng textbook fiasco appalling

Reports that at least four schools, or nearly 800 matric pupils, have still not received textbooks in certain subjects are appalling.

Reports that at least four schools, or nearly 800 matric pupils, have still not received textbooks in certain subjects are appalling.

Gauteng education MEC Angie Motshekga promised that EduSolutions would deliver all the necessary textbooks by the end of January.

The DA continues to hold the department accountable for the lack of books.

What is the solution to poor service delivery?

Some years ago Mohammed Momoniat of the national Treasury urged MECs and MPLs to encourage small business. Instead of centralising the ordering, supply and distribution of textbooks, the department should be encouraging schools to deal with various suppliers.

This happens with Section 21 schools for normal purchases.

But Section 20 schools and special national grants for textbooks are in the hands of EduSolutions.

Complaints have been received about the inflated prices of textbooks and the tardy or late distribution of textbooks.

Yet rumours persist that the company will again be awarded the contract, raising questions as well as eyebrows!

David Quail, DA spokesman on education in Gauteng

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