School libraries in the Northern Cape Province - where do we stand?

Leon C De Vries, Roelof Van der Merwe


The shortage of reading material and information resources in many South African schools, especial1y those in poor
communities, is a problem that needs to be addressed. While there has been considerable progress with the
implementation of an outcomes-based curriculum relying on a learner-centred, resource-based methodology, libraries are
largely absent in disadvantaged schools. This paper reviews the situation of school libraries in the Northern Cape,
highlighting progress made in the last few years. Lessons drawn from policy and implementation factors have implications
for education planners, librarians and library educators.

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