ECED to deliver outstanding textbooks to Schools
The Eastern Cape Department of Education will accelerate the delivery of outstanding learner, teacher support material which is expected in various schools in the province. The department is aware of the delays that have occurred as a result of procurement processes which were concluded late in 2016.
As a result deliveries commenced on the second week of January thus affecting learning and teaching in some schools. The department has increased capacity in warehouses to ensure that sorting and packing happens much quicker than usual.
The operations in all our warehouses have been heightened to ensure that schools receive their textbooks as s oon as possible. The department has been delivering top up textbooks to schools which could not retrieve books from learners or where learner enrolment increased beyond what was projected last year.
We urge parents and learners to ensure that text books are returned at the end of the school year for the benefit of other learners. A textbook has a life span of 5 years and if all books were returned it would save the department millions which would be used in other priority areas.
The department has urged schools to report any shortages of textbooks to district offices. We will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that all deliveries take place.
Issued by: Communications Unit, Dept. of Education
Enquiries: Mali Mtima @ 083 795 2117/ 084 230 1976
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