Quality learning and teaching cannot take place without adequate access to textbooks. Learners require textbooks to access information, to do homework and to study for tests and exams. Learners require their own textbooks for every subject, which they are able to take home. Teachers need textbooks too. For many of them, they are their main source of subject content. Textbooks also help teachers to plan lessons and to ensure that the right amount of time is spent on each section of work, so that the whole curriculum is covered. They also help teachers to set homework, tests and exams. Textbooks help teachers with both what to teach and how to teach.
Equal Education is committed to improving access to textbooks for learners. WE understands that doing so requires addressing a whole range of issues related to textbook provisioning including: the high cost of textbooks, textbook procurement policy, late-delivery of textbooks, corruption around textbook procurement, and the poor retention of textbooks at certain schools.