Following relentless pressure from the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), Limpopo Education MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe has promised that stationery packs will be delivered to all the province’s schools by the end of this week.
The commission had earlier queried the MEC for not stepping up on delivering the stationery packs to the schools. But the MEC assured the commission on Monday, that the stationery will be ready by the end of this week.
Basic Education Sector Lekgotla told the media that the over the weekend, they were able to deliver 70% of the packs and would round up by this week.
He explained: “We should be able to deliver stationery to our schools. We are obliged to do so. We’ve committed to our people and the schools that we should be able to finish that work this week.
“Whether the commission had given the instruction or not‚ we had already committed ourselves that by the end of this week we should have wrapped up delivery. We might have to mop up here and there.”
Further clarification was made on what the department would be delivering. According to Lekgotha, his department would not be supplying textbooks but instead top-ups.
“We’ve been supplying the top-up since October and if there are schools that still don’t have the top-ups, they’ve requested them and normally in our store we have a buffer stock that we use to top-up those schools,” he said.
Unavailability of the stationery also drew the attention of the Democratic Alliance (DA) last week. The DA’s Jacque Smalle slammed the department for not having a proper management structure and blamed for the non-delivery of learning material.
Smalle said: “It is clear that the department has failed in its management with reference to making sure that all schools in the province are school ready and have all the relevant material at hand when schools open.”