Textbook mess a ‘shame’ – Radebe

2012-06-27 15:07

ANC policy head Jeff Radebe has described the burning of textbooks in Limpopo amid the Department of Basic Education’s non-delivery of textbooks as a “shame”.

Addressing journalist at the ANC policy conference in Midrand, Radebe said it was a “bad thing” that pupils had no textbooks halfway through the year.
“... To add insult to injury textbooks have been burned. I do not understand which textbook cannot be used. So it is a matter of shame that that has happened,” he said.

Radebe said the issue of the Limpopo textbooks had not come up for discussion at the conference.

The education policy discussions were under way, he said.

The scandal over government’s failure to deliver books has led to calls for the axing of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

One of the proposals the ANC has made is that the state should publish and distribute textbooks to solve the problem of textbooks non-delivery.

According to the discussion documents, the government printed workbooks for 6 million learners last year.

Tomorrow party leaders will give feedback to the media about some of the resolution delegates have taken.

The DA this afternoon expressed doubt as to whether the deadline for the delivery of textbooks in Limpopo schools will be met.

The deadline was agreed between rights organisation Section 27 and the department of education after the North Gauteng High Court ruled that the failure to provide textbooks violated the Constitution.

Earlier today, DA education spokesperson Desiree van der Walt said many schools had not received enough textbooks or none at all by early afternoon.

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