Port Elizabeth — Hundreds of Port Elizabeth pupils have been hit by failure to supply their schools with their full quotas of textbooks and stationery.
In the final month of the first school term‚ at least 24 of Port Elizabeth’s northern areas’ 56 schools and more than half of the township schools are still waiting.
Mpumi Odolo‚ chairman of the National Association of School Governing Bodies in Nelson Mandela Bay‚ could not give exact figures for township schools‚ but said that more than half did not get their quota of textbooks and stationery.
At the beginning of the school year provincial education spokesman Malibongwe Mtima assured the public that the textbooks had all been delivered. Education MEC Mandla Makupula said at the time that the northern areas would be one of the department’s priorities this year.
Provincial education portfolio committee chairman Fundile Gade yesterday accused senior education officials of presenting false reports in January on the state of readiness of schools for the 2017 academic year.
Worst affected northern areas schools include Strelitzia Primary, which received only 12% of its textbook and stationery quota‚ Astra Primary (29%)‚ West End Primary (30%)‚ Bethelsdorp Road Primary (40%) and Papenkuil Primary (48%).
The figures came to light with Northern Areas Education Forum visits to northern areas and townships schools last month.
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