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Books not for blind children - dept

2012-07-25 20:17

Johannesburg - Education authorities have defended the distribution of conventional books to a Limpopo school for the blind.

Such books were meant for use by pupils with low vision, said basic education spokesperson Hope Mokgatlhe on Wednesday.

"We wish to reiterate that schools for the blind do indeed receive sighted workbooks, as these are used for learners with low vision."

Siloe School for the Blind, outside Lebowakgomo in Limpopo, recently received conventional books instead of the Braille books which were ordered.

Mokgatlhe said master copies for Grades 1 to three in African languages were currently being developed by service provider Pioneer, and Braille services.

Comments
  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-07-25 20:34

    Media sensations again… there are people in those school who can use thise books...

      marius.roodt.33 - 2012-07-25 20:51

      I suddenly have the overwhelming urge to inform you that if your use of the language and spelling is taken into account. you should probably go back to school.

      Mandy Casey - 2012-07-25 21:11

      Well the school did not order those books. Surely books intended for low vision children would/should have a larger bold font?

      Kelly Macnamara Oosthuizen - 2012-07-25 21:52

      as an optometrist tumi let me appeal to you to rather not comment when you clearly don't have a clue! Low vision is permanent severely reduced vision that cannot be corrected with traditional spectacles or contact lenses. so these children require books with enlarged print, not normal size text. so those books are of no use. if you can tell me the goverment is providing thousands of dollars on electronic magifyers then fine you have a point, but i doubt they do. so please read up before you comment otherwise you'll be found wanting as you are.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-25 22:49

      Tumisang, your ignorance is truly breathtaking and your continued urge to display it publicly defies understanding.

  • assis.pontes.7 - 2012-07-25 20:37

    Whether it's low vision or no vision, the fact remains that Limpopo Dept of Education is more blind that the Siloe School for the Blind.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-25 21:14

    Extracted from Show Me Soweto at http://showme.co.za/soweto/news/blind-pupils-get-wrong-books/ Allan Suban, for the department, told Sowetan there were no Braille books available yet. “Textbooks for the blind are still being adapted by publishers. There are no textbooks for them at the moment.” He said the delivery of conventional books at Siloe was a mistake. Now, who shall we believe, or more to the point which statement is more credible? So tumisang, you seem to want to hide the cracks with polyfilla!

  • nicolelovelock - 2012-07-26 09:05

    yeah right pull the other one

  • LeahKnott28 - 2012-07-26 10:04

    is that the excuse now? What an absolute joke, if the school ORDERED braille textbooks why are they now determining whether or not they require books for children with "low vision", if the school didn't order them then they are obviously not of any use to them.

  • tebalob - 2012-07-26 15:49

    C'mon,this might sound funny,snaaks or even hilarious but I doubt if the Education people in Limpopo do know that there are different books for the sighted and the blind.I mean really,can you talk to these people about Braille? Do they even know what that is? in Limpopo? Do they even know that blind people are entitled to education like all of us?Please!!!!!!

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