|2012 07 05 Press Release: Department of Basic Education set to meet with LRC over Eastern Cape workbooks|
For Immediate Release: Thursday 5 July 2012
The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) is pleased to announce that the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has responded positively to a request for a meeting to discuss the shortage of workbooks in the Eastern Cape. The meeting will be held at the LRC's office in Grahamstown on 10 July.
Cameron McConnachie, an attorney at the LRC in Grahamstown said:
"We welcome this opportunity for us to engage directly with the DBE and we hope that we won't have a repeat of the Limpopo textbook debacle.
The DBE needs to take stock of the extent of the workbook shortage in the Eastern Cape and put together a plan that will ensure that all learners have the necessary workbooks by 23 July, the second week of the third term," McConnachie said.
The LRC is acting on behalf of the School Governing Bodies (SGBs) of Triomf Primary School, Bethelsdorp Road Primary School and Booysen Park Primary School, and the Bethelsdorp SGB Unit which represents the interests of approximately 35 schools in the Port Elizabeth area.
NOTE: For more information please contact Khumbulani Mpofu, LRC's Communications and Marketing Officer on 083 695 2025 or Sarah Sephton, LRC's Director in Grahamstown on 083 410 7646.
The LRC is an independent, non-profit, public interest law clinic, which uses law as an instrument of justice to provide legal services for the vulnerable.