n South African Journal of Education - Breakdown in the system of learner support materials supply in Northern Province, South Africa

Volume 22, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-0100
  • E-ISSN: 2076-3433



In this paper we draw on research conducted on the system of supply of learner support materials (LSMs) in Region 2 of the Northern Province of South Africa. The study used a qualitative methodology where a case study design was adopted. Purposive sampling was used in the selection of five schools. Three methods of data collection were used, namely : interview, observation and documentation. It was found that the system of supply of learner support materials in the Northern Province was in a chaotic state. For example, books were not delivered in time, or not delivered at all, there were wrong deliveries, and a lot of wastage on unused materials.

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