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No report yet from dept on textbooks

2012-06-28 14:38

Johannesburg - Civil rights body Section 27 was on Thursday awaiting a report from the basic education department on the status of the delivery of textbooks to Limpopo schools.

"We have not received the report from the education department," Section 27 spokesperson Mark Heywood said by noon.

"We have been in contact with officials at the department, who said the minister is currently looking at the report and we can expect it any minute now."

The department had an agreement with rights organisation Section 27 that all schools in the province would receive textbooks by Wednesday night.

Addressing the media

Earlier, Heywood said it had only anecdotal reports from the ground, but expected to have a full report from the department at 09:00, ahead of a joint press conference at 14:00 in Johannesburg.

"If we do not receive the report soon we might not have enough time to go through it ahead of the press conference. We need to call a few people and go over the report before we can address the media."

The department was initially ordered in May to provide Limpopo schools with textbooks by June 15. The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled in May that the department's failure to provide textbooks violated the Constitution.

Section 27, which brought the application, met the department after the first deadline expired, and it was decided that delivery of the textbooks be completed by Wednesday.

Earlier, the SA Principals' Association said not all schools in Limpopo had received textbooks by Thursday, despite the department's claim it had met its deadline.

‘Didn’t meet deadline’

"What do they [education department] mean they met their deadline? Even if one school didn't receive textbooks it is one too many," the association's deputy president, Ngoako Rapaledi, said.

"They can't say that they met their deadline. I am on my way to a school where they have to still deliver textbooks. That same truck has more deliveries to do for this morning. What deadline?" he asked.

However, education department spokesperson Hope Mokgatlhe said by Wednesday night all the textbooks had left the warehouse.

"If people say we have not met our deadlines, they must bring evidence. There might be a few schools that have not received their books because there was no one at the yard, but the books are there."

The Democratic Alliance in Limpopo was closely monitoring the deliveries.

"I can say with 100% certainty that the department didn't meet their deadline," DA education spokesperson Desiree van der Walt said.

DA member threatened with arrest

"Many teachers waited 'til late last night and previous nights, in unsafe conditions, for textbooks to be delivered, and they were not delivered.

"Late Wednesday night, there were still warehouses with pallets of thousands of textbooks that needed to be delivered."

Beeld newspaper reported on Thursday that Van der Walt had been threatened with arrest when she wanted to move books scheduled for destruction.

SA Democratic Teachers' Union provincial secretary Matome Raphasha said intervention was needed in the textbook crisis.

"We have seen more problems than solutions," he said.

Workers at a private warehouse, which was tasked with textbook delivery, said more books were delivered on Wednesday and some had yet to be packaged and distributed to schools.

Comments
  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-06-28 14:52

    Lol!!!!!They want to grab farms but they cannot even get the basics rright!!!! Dumping books willy nilly,no "valid" reasons given for the dumping or the delay. Anc talks about aparthedi-why dont they fess up to how they have FAILED their OWN people without an ounce of help from the whities???????

  • braamc - 2012-06-28 15:04

    Put that useless bitch in jail

  • kmaruma - 2012-06-28 15:05

    Why is this ugli woman still employed?

  • Keg - 2012-06-28 15:06

    Going to have to wait 6 months for the reports.

  • scouter.fourone - 2012-06-28 15:10

    My guess is that the Minister for non-Education is going to exonerate herself for any non-delivery by blaming it on poor performance by the 'Regional Warehouses'. She will consider her part of the job to have been done when the books left the 'Central Warehouse' - just watch........

  • david.diego.14 - 2012-06-28 15:18

    The answer is NO!we dont need them anymore they're corrupt all of them,they dont accept they failed the nations,do us favour we dont need her any more with all her cabinet fire those useless minister!!!

  • ahenriquesfernandes - 2012-06-28 15:23

    Government is used to having no accountability for their actions. Well guess what, people are sick to this "it not my fault" attitude. Have some self respect, tell us what is happening and take responsibility for your actions!

      Kaven Huang - 2012-06-28 15:55

      lol! the funny thing is that there is and will be absolutely no ANC supporters attending this conversation. they too proud to speak and even when they do, they'll most probably bend reality and shifting from critical matters to non-relevant/ insignificant matters.

  • bernard.herbert.9 - 2012-06-28 15:39

    Blame Apartheid again... The ANC is not he ruling party, the country has not be democratic, and under their management for 18 years... it's all apartheids fault... keep telling the masses that, soon they will feel about the ANC like the ACTUAL majority of Zimbabweans feel about ZANUPF... Only difference is there is far more than 11 million people who are not starving and unarmed in South Africa... fun times ahead!!!

  • ayob.nakooda - 2012-06-28 16:00

    Nobody knows that schools in Kzn especially Chatsworth have not received textbooks , this is hushed I am an Educator at a school there and the allocation is R16000,00 for all Grade 10 books. Next year worse. Wheres da allocations pls investigate. If cant manage 1 grade how the Dept is goin 2 manage multiple grades next year? Need answers.

  • ayob.nakooda - 2012-06-28 16:01

    Nobody knows that schools in Kzn especially Chatsworth have not received textbooks , this is hushed I am an Educator at a school there and the allocation is R16000,00 for all Grade 10 books. Next year worse. Wheres da allocations pls investigate. If cant manage 1 grade how the Dept is goin 2 manage multiple grades next year? Need answers.

  • ditoare.gypsy - 2012-06-28 17:58

    U only produce a report if there is something to reprt about

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