Limpopo: call for MEC’s dismissal

2012-07-17 00:00

SECTION 27, the NGO that took the Basic Education Department to court over the Limpopo textbook saga, has called for the dismissal of provincial MEC Dickson Masemola.

Addressing a media briefing in Braamfontein today, the organisation’s head, Mark Heywood, said:“We call for the department to be cleaned out, for the vigorous prosecution of charges of corruption, for maximum openness about those charged and for the MEC for basic education, Dickson Masemola, to be fired,”

Heywood was speaking during the release of a report by Wits University academic Mary Metcalfe, who was tasked to investigate the department’s failure to deliver textbooks to schools in Limpopo.

Some of the key findings of the report include:

• The provincial government was unable to order books in 2011 for 2012 because the province had overspent its budget;

• Orders for textbooks for Grade One to Three and Grade 10 pupils were only placed in the first week of June;

• Because there was no money in the budget for textbooks, the orders had been rationalised and reduced and there had been poor communication with schools as a result of a lack of proper communication infrastructure.

Heywood said only two percent of schools in Limpopo have proper communication infrastructure compared with 99% in the Western Cape.

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