investigation conducted by the Western Cape Department of Education into the
textbook saga at Maitland High School, has found among other things a glitch in
the WCED online ordering system.
preliminary investigation shows the school placed orders between July and August
but due to the system glitch they did not receive the textbooks. Then the
school failed to place another order between the 10th and 16th
of February this year and only placed after the closing date.
Spokesperson Jessica Shelver said there are a number of contributing factors
that led to the non-delivery of textbooks. The WCED needs to highlight that
schools need to have textbook retrieval policy to ensure that they retrieve a
minimum of 95% of the textbooks back from learners at the end of the school
year. It is simply unsustainable to
replace large numbers of textbooks every year.
said unfortunately many learners do not return the textbooks at the end of each
year and schools have to use the Norms and Standards funds which many school
simply cannot afford.
the onus is on the school principal and management team to ensure that textbook
are ordered timeously and that disruption to learning and teaching time is kept
to a minimum” Schafer added.
Labels: WCED releases preliminary findings into Maitland High textbook saga