Textbook policy

The Department of Basic Education has published a draft policy on learner and teacher support materials (LTSM).

We have collected a range of documents and links about the proposed policy, with an emphasis on the issue of one textbook per subject per grade. Please send further information to support@morebooks.co.za.

Official documents

National Policy for the Provisioning and Management of Learning and Teaching Support Material for Grade R–12 (PDF)

Government Gazette announcement inviting public responses (PDF)

The Minister’s budget speech announcing the policy (released in advance of the draft policy document being released). PDF version here.

Media Statement by the Minister of Basic Education, 22 September 2014, stating: “The meeting was presented with a plan to most efficiently ensure that every child has a text book in every subject per grade. There was broad consensus that one core text book will be identified for each subject per grade and that a transversal tender be negotiated to maximise on economies of scale.” PDF version here.

Government reaction

Debbie Schäfer, Minister of Education in the Western Cape: Media release, ‘Minister Schäfer outlines why she is opposed to the current proposal of a single subject textbook’ (Screenshot version)

Press coverage

Die Burger, 11 Nov 2014: ‘Uitgewers sterk gekant teen een handboek per vak’ (Screenshot version)

Cape Times, 11 Nov 2014: ‘Textbook idea sees ANC take us back to control days of apartheid’ (Jay Heale) (JPG)

Cape Times, 10 Nov 2014: ‘Textbook proposal retrogressive’ (Screenshot version)

702 and CapeTalk, 10 Nov 2014: ‘Quereshini Naidoo talking to Kate McCallum about the DBE’s proposal to have a single approved textbook per subject per learner’

IOL News, 7 Nov 2014: ‘Textbook policy “cannot benefit learners”’ (Screenshot version)

CapeTalk, 5 Nov 2014: Kieno Kammies interviews Debbie Schafer, Western Cape MEC for Education

Cape Times, 5 Nov 2014: ‘Single textbook plan for all schools’ (Francesca Villette) (Screenshot version)

Mail & Guardian, 10 Oct 2014: ‘Single textbook option slammed’ (Bongani Nkosi) (Screenshot version.)

Public comment

Kate McCallum: “More damage predicted for educational outcomes: the case against approving only one textbook” (DOC)

Associate Professor Rob Sieborger: submission as public comment on ‘one book per subject per grade’ (PDF)

Publisher’s Association of South Africa: submission as public comment (PDF)

International Publishers Association: submission as public comment (PDF)

South African Booksellers Association: submission as public comment (PDF)

Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools (FEDSAS): submission as public comment (PDF)

Arthur Attwell: