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NC dept calls for 100% retrieval of textbooks

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“This campaign is aimed at all citizens, those in and out of school, to ensure a strong culture of returning textbooks is emphasised. This is a societal issue. Let us ensure 100% retrieval of textbooks in the Northern Cape for 2020.”

The Department of Education is making a call for the return of all textbooks. File image

AS THE 2020 school year draws to a close, the Northern Cape Department of Education has urged all role-players and the community at large to join the 100% Retrieval of Textbooks campaign and reminded all pupils to return textbooks for the benefit of other pupils in the Province.

Department spokesperson Geoffrey van der Merwe said on Tuesday that the aim of the campaign is to ensure that teaching and learning commence smoothly in the next academic year, without some pupils experiencing a shortage of learning and teaching support material (LTSM).

“The department regards LTSM resources as essential to the effective running of our education system. Furthermore, these resources form an integral and vital part of our education system and the effective management, utilisation and maintenance of this valuable resource will ensure access and support to the delivery of quality education for our learners,” said Van der Merwe.

“The retrieval of LTSM resources is a serious activity aimed at ensuring that the state’s resources are used efficiently and effectively. Too many learners are not accepting accountability in terms of preserving LTSM allocated to them. Many schools and educators perceive and accept that damaged and non-returned books are a given and therefore do not consider the exercise of retrieving such material as serious.

“Furthermore, a retrieval rate lower than 100% impacts on already constrained budget allocations and the quality of education.”

He said the campaign seeks to ensure that pupils are equipped with all the required learning material.

“The provision of textbooks for every learner in the schooling system is one of the priorities of the government and millions of rand are spent annually on LTSM. The department has committed that every learner must have a core textbook for every subject in every grade.

“If this resource is not protected and valued, money which otherwise could have been used for new innovative LTSM has to be used to replace books which are laying in homes and the community, not being utilised.”

Van der Merwe urged everyone in the teaching fraternity to ensure that all LTSM are returned intact.

“Learners are encouraged to take good care of the textbooks and ensure that it is well maintained. Parents are requested to honour their parental responsibility in ensuring that their children act responsibly and ensure that all textbooks loaned to their child is returned before the end of the 2020 academic year.

“Principals of schools are required to ensure that maximum (100%) retention of textbooks is achieved. That calls for an effective textbook retrieval system at every school in the Province.

“This campaign is aimed at all citizens, those in and out of school, to ensure a strong culture of returning textbooks is emphasised. This is a societal issue. Let us ensure 100% retrieval of textbooks in the Northern Cape for 2020,” concluded Van der Merwe.