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Education department ignores court: Cope

2012-06-20 18:54

Johannesburg - A court order requiring the basic education department to deliver teaching material to schools in Limpopo has not been honoured, Cope said on Wednesday.

"The department is in contempt of the court order and both Minister [Angie] Motshekga and MEC Dickson Masemola have some explaining to do," Congress of the People acting provincial chairperson Patrick Sikhutshi said.

The department could not be reached for comment.

On Thursday, Motshekga told reporters in Pretoria that progress had been made since the national department took over the running of education in Limpopo.

"As we speak, textbooks are being delivered to the central warehouse in Polokwane," she said.

The deadline for delivery of textbooks in Limpopo was Friday 15 June. The new books would be mainly for Grades 1, 2, 3 and 10, with top-ups for the other grades bought directly from publishers for R126m.

Sikhutshi said it was common for the government not to respect court orders or decisions, and yet the same government wanted citizens to take it seriously.

He said a Cope investigation revealed that Swobani High School in Vhembe, near Musina, had received no supplies since the beginning of the year.

Not taking education seriously


Also, the majority of schools in the Senwabarwana municipality, near the Botswana border, had not received any material. These were just some of the results of the investigation, he said.

"The department is not taking the education of our children very serious, particularly that of the poorest of the poor, who continue to be marginalised."

He called for the Congress of SA Students and other student formations to protest against the lack of teaching and learning materials at schools.

Last week, the Democratic Alliance also queried Motshekga's claims that her department was making great strides. DA education spokesperson Anette Lovemore said Motshekga should learn to acknowledge her mistakes.

"If she cannot admit to her department's mistakes, Minister Motshekga virtually ensures that they will be repeated again. Learners cannot be allowed to face the same chaos again."

Lovemore said Motshekga's assurance that textbooks would be delivered on time was not a victory.

"That a court of law had to direct the department to do its job, and stop violating learners' human rights, is no achievement."

Comments
  • Irene - 2012-06-20 18:57

    How absolutely shocking is it that the cANCer has to be taken to court to do the job they were elected to do!! Even worse is their defiance of the court order. When will these brainless morons open their eyes and see what they are voting for?

      Crotch Rocket - 2012-06-20 19:21

      Never is the answer to your question. The level of intellect is simply not present to grasp the word democracy. Burning down school buildings in protest is the way to do it and then march straight down the road to the polling station and voting for the ANC all over again. Until we understand that different intellects vibrate at the same time on this planet and just accept the fact that Africa is a 1000 years behind the developed world's intellect, it will be a catch-up game forever for Africa. The wise thing to do is sit yourself down and find ways to survive economically and once you have shut your garden gate, forget about them. They vote for the ANC so let them starve. You're not living in the shack if you are commenting on here, so don't make it your problem. Have you noticed the manner in which they dance when they protest? They love a struggle!

      dave.elmore.5 - 2012-06-20 19:55

      @Leonard, usually I would agree, but in this case these are innocent children, most probably wanting this education as we have seen in so many rural areas, they are being failed and soon will then be the adults we blame for the continued cycle of what is happening in this country

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-06-20 20:05

      Actually the answer to your question, irene, when so-called educated people stop calling so-called uneducated people morons. As simple as that. Try this and see if it works, go to a Macro tomorrow for eye shopping, approach a salesperson at a department with a smile from ear to ear and ask for help and watch the service that you'll get. Go to the next department in the store and approach a salesperson with that so-called white tendency that Malema talked about see what service you'll get. And that's why people vote for the ever-screwing ANC. Nobody wants to be called a moron. DA is associated with 'white tendencies', unfortunately our country is a two party state, it's either DA or ANC!!!

      Irene - 2012-06-20 21:14

      @ratsaka ~ Firstly, I was educated a very long time ago under a proper education system so I'd hardly classify it as being 'so-called'. Secondly, is it a 'black tendency' to cut off your nose to spite your face? Thirdly, I couldn't give a rats assl what Juliearse did or did not say. Your analogy regarding shopping is quite purile and again proves the point of how low standards have become if you're suggesting people need to smile in order to be served. If anything the workers should be smiling because without customers they wouldn't be working. Somehow I doubt you'll understand that with your victim mentality. I have a beautiful home, a german car and more than enough money, so I'm not directly affected by the corrupt government you keep voting into power ie. I am not sufffering and don't live in a tin shack. The issue here is that you and your brothers and sisters are MORONS to keep voting for a corrupt and incompetent government and you're even bigger MORONS because you can't see it. So take your 'black tendencies' and Hamba! Voetsak!

      Boer - 2012-06-20 21:57

      Look whos running the show then it's not so difficult to understand why everything is going for a ball of Sh#t in South-Africa. Ask yourself this is it really worth living in a country thats going up in flames and no matter what all good intentions you might have, you know its for nothing and useless. Ask yourself what about the safety of your family with all the crime or is it so normal to hear about murders, rapes, car jackings , farm murders, and break ins in to your houses that it doesnt matter.?????

  • Rabble-Rouser - 2012-06-20 19:05

    It's almost two thirds through the school year. And children still have not received their text books. This is utterly shocking. And then the ANC government starts blowing trumpets about how successful they are in service delivery. They are a disgrace.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-20 19:08

    The ANC continues to keep the masses ignorant. One way of ensuring future votes.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-06-20 19:08

    Might this be one of the reasons the ANC is so keen to limit the powers of the courts?

  • prakash.singh.169 - 2012-06-20 19:11

    DON'T YOU KNOW THAT THE ANC IS ABOVE THE LAW.

  • howard.komati - 2012-06-20 19:13

    Its a traumatising experience tht kids at ths time of the year do nt have text books! This is a clear indication tht Mrs Motshega is nt fit for her office or maybe its bcos its Limpopo kids tht are affected? Vuyo Mvuko frm Sunday Live spoke to her regarding ths matter and she vehemently agreed tht the is a shortage of books and the department will act swifty to ensure tht the matter has been addressed and all tht was a lie. She is very capable of lying cos she wnts gave us a false report abt the perfomance of Matriculants. Zuma's Ministers are like frm one family tht has been cursed in Simple terms they are failures who cnt even cover their tracks!

  • Ian - 2012-06-20 19:28

    didnt you know, contempt of court is a joke in this country

      nompumelelo.madonda - 2012-06-20 21:53

      Shocking but a FACT!I pity these kids whose future already looks bleak this early in life...

  • Martha1234 - 2012-06-20 19:50

    It is disgusting, how much time and money was spent on the governments pathetic reaction to a painting, yet the future of this country, the people who this sham of a government is supposed to serve are left without the basic right to education. There is a special place in hell reserved for these revolting, self satisfying, corrupt, useless idiots!

  • Martha1234 - 2012-06-20 20:06

    PS, shame on all of you that marched to the gallery. Why are you not out in numbers marching on this issue? Are the basic rights of our children, the future of this country, less important than a stupid painting of some old mans penis?

  • Erna - 2012-06-20 20:36

    And the minister of basic education will continue to deny that there is a crisis in education and the president will still think he is doing a good job.

  • Irene - 2012-06-20 20:55

    @ratsaka ~ Firstly, I was educated a very long time ago under a proper education system so I'd hardly classify it as being 'so-called'. Secondly, is it a 'black tendency' to cut off your nose to spite your face? Thirdly, I couldn't give a rats assl what Juliearse did or did not say. Your analogy regarding shopping is quite purile and again proves the point of how low standards have become if you're suggesting people need to smile in order to be served. If anything the workers should be smiling because without customers they wouldn't be working. Somehow I doubt you'll understand that with your victim mentality. I have a beautiful home, a german car and more than enough money, so I'm not directly affected by the corrupt government you keep voting into power ie. I am not sufffering and don't live in a tin shack. The issue here is that you and your brothers and sisters are MORONS to keep voting for a corrupt and incompetent government and you're even bigger MORONS because you can't see it. So take your 'black tendencies' and Hamba! Voetsak!

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-06-20 22:26

      Ever had of a term quid pro quo, in simple terms 'something for something'. Irene, like I said, you sound very educated but your intelligence is below average. If you approach a salesperson with that kind of attitude, 'Malema's white tendency attitude', they'll do their jobs as good as they are required 'set standards', but if you approach them with a smile, they\ll go beyond the call of duty. That's called human nature. Your education has made you part ways with common sense, to think that you might be running a huge corporation just answers my question as to why south african companies are still chancers in the world market.

  • louise.cook.127 - 2012-06-20 21:09

    How is the minister supposed to meet the court deadline? Afterall, her presence is required as a LEADING FIGURE by art galleries in SA that attack the "dignity of black men." So with this all important task, how the he..l must she worry about stupid things like TEXT BOOKS?

  • josie.russell.10 - 2012-06-20 21:18

    Back to real basics - keep the masses uneducated - they need the votes!!!

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-20 21:43

    So the business world will have to try and educate the youth. If they have no books, how are they going to handle technology?

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