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DA claims public misled over burnt books

2012-07-24 21:49

Johannesburg - The Eastern Cape education department is trying to mislead the public about burnt textbooks, the DA said on Tuesday.

"[The] department has embarked on a campaign to mislead the public rather than coming out with the truth about the destruction of textbooks at the Fort Beaufort warehouse," Democratic Alliance provincial education spokesperson Edmund van Vuuren said in a statement.

The department's spokesperson Loyiso Pulumani said on Monday that the books found in Fort Beaufort were destroyed during an arson attack.

He said the books were from an old education college which closed down more than 10 years ago and had no relevance to current textbooks.

"According to our photos, however, the destroyed material was in fact Intermediate Phase Math textbooks printed in 2004, as well as a practical Maths Study Guide for Grade 11 printed in 2007," said Van Vuuren.

The books were still relevant for the current curriculum, he said, adding: "The curriculum will only change from 2013 onwards."

The DA said its inspection team found the burnt textbooks, some still in their packaging, at the department's district warehouse.

Like Limpopo, the Eastern Cape has also been plagued by textbook problems.

Earlier this month, several thousand school workbooks were returned to the Eastern Cape education department because they were in the wrong language.

When approached for comment, provincial officials referred all questions to the national department.

National spokesman Panyaza Lesufi said the department ordered books based on numbers given to it by the province.

"The other provinces all seem to be correct, so why is it only in the Eastern Cape? It must tell you something about that province," he said.

At the time, Van Vuuren said the department's database for Port Elizabeth showed that 25 370 literacy workbooks and 15 500 numeracy workbooks were still outstanding.

Comments
  • phillip.harry.79 - 2012-07-24 21:54

    ...eish, how wena! De ancestors will come for you...

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-24 22:03

      Just shows you to what extend the Government would go not to educate people just to keep their pockets full. Quite Sad if you think about it...

      Voiceinthedesert.co.za - 2012-07-24 23:19

      It just gets better and better. the poor idiots are soooooo uneducated, now the uneducated government is helping them lag further behind. If you ask me it is a diabolical ANC scheme to keep the future generation voters uneducated. Because surely an educated person cannot vote for these corrupt incompetent bunch of losers.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-25 01:57

      Yeah these bloody agents politicising everything again.... Vote ANC and enjoy....

      preshen.govender.90 - 2012-07-25 08:17

      “We do not need no education “

  • farmfreund - 2012-07-24 22:09

    why are you blacks voting for someone who destroy the dreams of jung black children

  • idille.borchers - 2012-07-24 22:17

    Typical ANC. Keep the population uneducated so that they can continue to vote for them.

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-07-24 22:26

    More lies and denial ...for how much longer do we have to put up with this chaotic administration that is dragging this country backwards?

  • karl.vanrooyen - 2012-07-24 22:27

    Why did they not send the books for paper recycling and play their part in saving the environment .all those books would have made tons of toilet rolls which they need in parliament .

  • iceman196 - 2012-07-24 22:27

    shouldnt be hard to do, keep them uneducated and they will believe whatever you tell them, even your lies and empty promises

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-07-24 22:28

    And it is claimed that this country is better of prior 94!!!!! Nope, it's the biggest alliance governed country in the world. You're a comrade, u can have a free ride on the gravy train. BEE, South Africa's downfall. Wonder why the rest of the world follow the education and experience receipt. They must be out of their minds. Or, maybe that's what they think of the new South Africa. A joke!!!

  • Penny - 2012-07-24 22:40

    Oh my giddy aunt! Looks like the Western Cape will have more "refugees" signing up at schools next year. I really feel for any child trying to seriously get a good education in the Eastern Cape - can't someone 'fess up and get things moving? This is getting beyond believable...

  • gustav.preller.75 - 2012-07-24 23:06

    Suffer the little children...

  • Billy - 2012-07-25 01:54

    jees, this thing is huuuge... how many people are involved in this? 1 clerk! haaahahaha yea right!!

  • braamc - 2012-07-25 06:10

    eee viva ANC, viva!

  • Vince.York - 2012-07-25 06:28

    'uguah uguuh' accompanied by chest banging! Failed government = Failed country.

  • alexander721 - 2012-07-25 08:12

    Out of this poor fiasco, the government has shown without a shadow of doubt that it is in capable on managing this country. The ministers are woefully out of their depths and refuse to accept help from "previous" adminstrations. And when our highly educated Presidenet, The very astute Zuma decided to state that "we are solving the problems from the days of Hendrick Vervoed centuries ago"...........centuries ago? I stand to be corrected but the days of Hendrick Vervoed were less than a century ago. perhaps President Zuma is thelast prson who should be discussing education in any form.

  • pws69 - 2012-07-25 08:21

    Did they receive and instruction from the National Department to destroy all evidence? Just asking.

  • richard.barrett.739 - 2012-07-25 08:23

    and guess what , next election they will vote anc again what a joke really

  • mnbain - 2012-07-26 11:30

    Maths textbooks are still relevant from 100 years ago. 1+1 still equals 2!

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