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Limpopo orders textbooks for 2013

2012-07-05 22:29

Johannesburg - The Limpopo education department has started with the process of ordering textbooks for the next academic year, administrator Mzwandile Mathews told Parliament's portfolio committee on basic education on Thursday.

Mathews also presented a recovery plan for the department. The committee was on an oversight visit to the province to gather information on delays in the delivery of school textbooks.

The proposed control measures could save the department at least R2bn, said Mathews.

"The department will negotiate with publishers on prices for books for the Curriculum Assessment Policy to be introduced next year. The process of procuring books for next year is also underway."

He said the original plan had indicated that nearly R8 billion was needed to procure books for schools and that money was awaited from national government.

Mathews said a catch-up plan was imperative.

“We cannot compromise on burning issues such as books, scholar transport and infrastructure rehabilitation. If we mess up with these, we would have messed up with the system all over again,” said Mathews.

When asked about what the catch-up plan for the department entailed, Mathews said it was still being formulated.

DA education spokesperson Annette Lovemore, who was also at the meeting, said she doubted if the catch-up plan would work.

"Right now it is too late without having a plan in place. We are not satisfied with the explanations provided on the supposed catch-up plan, because there is no plan yet."

Committee chairpersonHelen Malgas said her team also met with unions, the SA Principals Association, officials and with Professor Mary Metcalfe, appointed by the department of basic education to probe the books saga.

The provincial departments of education, health, roads and transport and the treasury were placed under administration last year.

Comments
  • Mandy Casey - 2012-07-05 22:48

    Limpopo orders textbooks for 2013, good now if only they can be delivered before 2014 please.

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-07-05 23:03

      Wishfull thinking.. you honestly believe they can deliver by 2014. Watch this space, next year an even bigger disaster. By next year the appointed task teams will still be investigating what went wrong this year. Pathetic !

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-07-06 00:52

      So another corupt tender issued. Yes delvery date September 2014

      Adam - 2012-07-06 02:41

      Mandy lets also hope the curriculum doesn't change before the books arrive.

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-06 02:56

      They can order text books for the next 10 years , EDUCATION WILL STILL BE ONE BIG F@CK UP !! Poor kids !!

      Walter - 2012-07-06 05:23

      The citizens of Limpopo will only get their many provincial departments back into order, over time, after they've voted in a new government. But will they? Vote with your heads and you shall start seeing results!

      sally.lewitt - 2012-07-06 05:28

      Hahahaaa..! This is the best comedy show I've seen in years.. Darn, let's make that IN days!

      trevor.tickner - 2012-07-06 07:16

      They're ordering them early to give themselves enough time to setup companies to be paid to destroy them. Maybe they get the whole print/destroy cycle done before the year starts this time!

      rory.audie - 2012-07-06 08:06

      But the Durban July is only tomorrow.....?

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-05 23:05

    They will also use these for the brai just like the last ones

  • bernpm - 2012-07-05 23:10

    Hope they give the right delivery addresses! or else....Sol Plaatjes building - Schoemanstreet (or whatever it is today) - att: Angie "you know who"

  • carl.debeer.33 - 2012-07-05 23:13

    No text books no can study. We are in the seventh month of the year. Tests and exams soon...so..if no study, because no text books, are these kids going to pass or fail their grades this year.Or do they get held back a year?

  • gerda.vanrensburg - 2012-07-05 23:36

    What a joke........ they don't even have the 2012 books yet but orders 2013. Back to the future.

      Gerald Jordaan - 2012-07-06 01:02

      You fool you!! You stole my punchline !!

  • Koos - 2012-07-06 01:37

    It is as usefull as ordering a 2013 diary in 2012 and you get it in 2014. Are there anything in life more useless that an ancESTOR?

  • Elvistorams - 2012-07-06 02:09

    Jah neh,limpopo premier mr cassel mathale does not seem to know how to rule his duties fully,how can education crisis reach this point before he interferes?im starting to doubt his leadership skills.he seems to be more interested on benefiting his personal wealth than the poor people of limpopo.he seems to never learn at all,i so wish someone capeable takes over from this men.political wise mr mathale should have been winning on his province,i mean delivering a good service then later fight for position it would have been giving him advantage but now why should i trust him with our provincial responsibilities?its a shame now.we used to be the best but now we are palooka.hai man xna

  • Elvistorams - 2012-07-06 02:09

    Jah neh,limpopo premier mr cassel mathale does not seem to know how to rule his duties fully,how can education crisis reach this point before he interferes?im starting to doubt his leadership skills.he seems to be more interested on benefiting his personal wealth than the poor people of limpopo.he seems to never learn at all,i so wish someone capeable takes over from this men.political wise mr mathale should have been winning on his province,i mean delivering a good service then later fight for position it would have been giving him advantage but now why should i trust him with our provincial responsibilities?its a shame now.we used to be the best but now we are palooka.hai man xna

  • Adam - 2012-07-06 02:43

    8 billion rand will give us quite a number of new educational millionaires.

  • Zama - 2012-07-06 03:39

    Is that gonna kiss and make up every thing happened this year? You are all bunch of idiots in that department that's all

  • john.lonsdale.5 - 2012-07-06 05:48

    So what do they want, a medal for doing there job, or a bigger bonus. And saving 2 Billion rand for having a plan and shopping around publishing houses. This should be the norm, not just thought of doing because the press and people have exposed your inefficiencies and are now on your back.

  • 6Lady6Cadaver6 - 2012-07-06 07:40

    So this is meant to make the people just forget about the students they failed this year? Backwards f@#king retards.

      rory.audie - 2012-07-06 08:09

      They asking for them to be pushed through without having to write exams. Its where the countrys' education is going anyways so why not hey? Pass them, they'll be fine, with those qualifications you can become president if you wish.

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-07-06 07:41

    Well and good to order the books now but what's the point if they can't get to the schools by 2013?

  • andy.pipkin.5458 - 2012-07-06 07:44

    Have they ordered the right ones? Will it be burnt because it doesn't fit in to the 2013 curriculum?

  • Mavhungu Vincent - 2012-07-06 07:49

    I've learnt a lot of things in news24, some people if they hate someone, they will never ever appreciate those people they hate even where they do good. People dont wana hear truth.

  • fanie.gerber.98 - 2012-07-06 08:30

    Uhm WHY only now? Latest February 2012 for ordering, so that all can be in the school stores and all issues resolved by November 2012 Is forward planning to much to ask? .....oh damn I am preaching at the choir

  • fanie.gerber.98 - 2012-07-06 08:33

    "The provincial departments of education, health, roads and transport and the treasury were placed under administration last year." There was the smoking gun - why did you lot not extend your investigations to make certain all the rot was contained If there is any departments still not under administration - investigate immediatelly

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