No books for blind pupils – report

Packs of textbooks meant for the sighted were still at Siloe School for the Blind after they were delivered from the circuit office on Monday, the Sowetan newspaper reported.

The school, situated at Thokgwaneng village near Lebowakgomo, has 143 pupils and uses Braille books for lessons.

Authorities at the school told the newspaper that they ordered Braille books and discovered that the packs delivered contained conventional books.

Allan Suban, for the department, told Sowetan there were no Braille books available yet.

“Textbooks for the blind are still being adapted by publishers. There are no textbooks for them at the moment.”

He said the delivery of conventional books at Siloe was a mistake.

Meanwhile, Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga is expected to meet with teacher unions and principals from the Capricorn region, at the Lebowakgomo Civic Hall outside Polokwane today.

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