Motshekga: Progress made in Limpopo

2012-06-14 21:35
Great progress has been made since the national department took over education in Limpopo, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says. (File, Sapa)

Great progress has been made since the national department took over education in Limpopo, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says. (File, Sapa)

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Pretoria - Great progress has been made since the national department took over education in Limpopo, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Thursday.

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

The deadline for delivery of textbooks in Limpopo was 15 June.

The new textbooks would mainly be for Grades 1, 2, 3 and 10, with top-ups for the other grades.

Motshekga said that on 11 June, trucks from the districts in the region had started moving textbooks to warehouses and schools.

"We are therefore in time to meet the deadline for delivery to all schools by tomorrow," she said.

The national department took over administration of the province's education department in December, after it experienced systemic management lapses.

The department had more staff than was budgeted for, there was over-spending, and a shortage of textbooks and stationery for the 2012 school year.

"The province was paying for more teachers than it had money for," Motshekga said.

"Other provinces had a similar problem, but acted in time."

In her report on recent developments in her department, she said during the last financial year 72% of the budget allocated to recapitalise technical schools had been spent.

The preparations for the 2012 administration of annual national assessments were also underway. This would ensure teachers assessing students' work were competent.

She also announced her department had jointly signed an inter-governmental protocol agreement with the social development department and the SA Social Security Agency in March.

"This protocol agreement has paved the way for strengthening collaboration on improved service delivery, particularly for school children."

A goal to have one textbook per child, per subject, by 2014, was set.

During Thursday's briefing Motshekga told reporters that after discussions she was pleased to announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding on teacher development between the department and teacher unions.

"We work very well with our teacher unions," she said.

The memorandum stressed better collaboration between the groups to promote teacher development.

There was a ceremonial signing held after the briefing between the department and unions such as SA Democratic Teachers' Union.

- SAPA

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