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Court to rule on Limpopo textbooks

The High Court in Pretoria is expected to hand down judgment on Tuesday on an application to force Limpopo education authorities to deliver outstanding textbooks.

Community-based organisation Basic Education for All, supported by civil rights group Section27, previously applied for a court order to force the Limpopo education department to keep to its deadline of June 6 for delivery of all outstanding textbooks.

They want to force the department to come up with a plan to prevent the future non-delivery of textbooks.

They also want the Human Rights Commission to oversee the process, and for the court to declare the non-delivery of textbooks a violation of the constitutional right of pupils to basic education.

Chris Erasmus, SC, for the department, previously argued that only about 2.2 percent of the seven million textbooks had not been delivered because the schools reported shortages late or failed to report it at all.

The top-up books were not ordered in time due to budgetary constraints, as the province had a R293 million shortfall in its education budget, he said.

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