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Still no Limpopo textbooks - Section27

2012-08-17 14:39

Johannesburg - The lobby group Section27 has dismissed as untrue statements by the department of basic education (DBE) that the delivery of textbooks in Limpopo was almost complete.

"The department’s spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi described the situation in Limpopo as 'completely fine'. We don’t think this is true," its spokesperson Mark Heywood said in a statement.

Section27 was still receiving reports from Limpopo schools which had not yet received textbooks, he said.

Heywood said teachers were scared to speak out about the textbook issue because they had apparently been told they would lose their jobs if they did.

An anonymous teacher had sent an e-mail to Section27 reading: "The minister of education came to our district and threatened us not to talk to the media about the book shortages if we value our careers."

Heywood said a catch-up plan approved by the portfolio committee on basic education in Parliament on Tuesday was not clear, and had not yet even started.

"It [the catch-up plan] provides no detail on extra classes for learners and training for teachers, despite the DBE agreeing with Section27 that extra lessons and training would be included."

Comments
  • jimmy.kawa.1 - 2012-08-17 15:22

    day by day the rug gets bigger more lumpy as more and more is swept under it by our administration.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-17 16:14

      Agree. Very scary times.

  • harris.duplessis - 2012-08-17 15:27

    Where is the minister of minimum education. Has she fallen on her sword yet? "The minister of education came to our district and threatened us not to talk to the media about the book shortages if we value our careers." Is this true? If so it is not only a disgrace but probably an act of criminality.

  • Badger - 2012-08-17 15:28

    'There are 26 000 shebeens in South Africa... Every week South African Breweries successfully delivers enough crates of liquor to everyone of them. There are also 26 000 schools in the country, and after a year of planning, the government cannot deliver textbooks to all of them. We do not have a skills crisis. . . . We have a management crisis. . . The solution to the problem is simple, Fire the entire cabinet, and appoint the managers of SAB to run the country!!

      gareth.perkins.52 - 2012-08-17 15:46

      HA HA HA HA HA HA HA I agree

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-08-17 15:37

    Unbelievable criminal incompetence and nobody has been fired.

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-08-17 15:44

    I am sure department of education will get performance bonuses this year

      allan.keyzer - 2012-08-17 15:55

      Measurement = Behavior Bonuses will be paid on the improvement of passes and nothing to do with delivery of textbooks or teaching. Just keep dropping the standard to improve the pass rate and they all continue to get bonuses - really a sick situation.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-17 17:13

      Wow and no one deserves it more

  • stewart.laidlaw.5 - 2012-08-17 15:48

    Votela anc (dumb idiots)

  • dreyer.lotter - 2012-08-17 16:10

    An amazing fact that South African Breweries [SAB] delivers liquor successfully to over 800,000 shebeens across SA weekly, but SA Government cannot deliver textbooks to 26,000 schools once a year.... If SAB and Government swap delivery methods, we can have a civilised, sober and educated country!!!

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-08-17 16:23

    Why am I not suprised?

      Fikile Magadla - 2012-08-17 16:40

      Politics Politics,Angie,Zuma Dont care.their Children go to Special private schools.they cant be bothered.with my Tax money they afford private education.

  • FinalJustice - 2012-08-17 18:02

    This is the biggest scandal in SA history (worse than anything I ever heard about the previous regime). And every member of Parliament is doing their utmost to blame-shift all the responsibility in any direction. What a crying shame!

  • emmanuel.roodt - 2012-08-17 23:58

    Dear Section 27 and Government Let us do this job for the people, for the students and for the counrty. Price tag, R 100000000

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