A presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education today has revealed that only 42% of top-up textbooks, meant to replace damaged or lost textbooks and to ensure any new pupils have textbooks, have been delivered to the Eastern Cape.
The DA will write to the South African Human Rights Commission to request an investigation into the failure by the Department of Education in the Eastern Cape to uphold and respect the constitutional rights of young South Africans.
That one and a half months into the school year more than 50% of textbooks haven’t been delivered is simply unacceptable. The ANC-led government has already failed an entire generation of young people who have given up hope of ever finding work and the opportunities they deserve, because they were never given access to quality basic education.
It is therefore disturbing that yet another generation of our young people are at risk.
The DA understands the importance of making sure our children have the tools they need to create better lives for themselves. That is why the Western Cape has the best performance record out of all provinces in delivering textbooks in time for the start of the school year.
It is high time that the Minister prioritises the delivery of these vital textbooks to the children in the Eastern Cape so that they have a chance at a better life.
Nomsa Marchesi MP
DA Shadow Deputy Minister of Basic Education
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