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Still no textbooks for Limpopo, DA says

2012-05-16 21:51

Johannesburg - Five grades of pupils in Limpopo are without textbooks for the year, the DA said on Wednesday.

Democratic Alliance spokesperson Annette Lovemore said she visited secondary schools in the province to find out what problems they had.

"A new curriculum for Grades R, 1, 2, 3 and 10 has been introduced in 2012 and is prescriptive and textbook dependent," she said.

"In Limpopo, the major concern is the fact that textbooks for the new curriculum have not been ordered, five months into the new school year."

At Serutle High School, teachers had told her that, given the absence of textbooks, the standard of the Grade 10 exams would probably be lowered this year to allow students to pass more easily.

Lovemore said the school had only copies of promotional textbooks left there by the publishers.

"Teachers were forced to make copies of the promotional copies which were full of gaps and errors."

She said teachers at Tubake Senior Secondary "are drawing together material from workbooks and last year's old textbooks in an attempt to reflect the new syllabus."

Both schools are in the Lepelle-Nkumpi Municipality.

"With a pass rate of 36%in 2011, these teachers are concerned that their attempts may be fruitless in preparing students to meet the requirements of exams and improve the pass rate," she said.

Lovemore said Education MEC Namane Dickson Masemola had blamed the lack of books on insufficient funding from the national department.

Limpopo education department spokesperson Patrick Kgomo could not be immediately reached for comment.

Comments
  • Sharon - 2012-05-16 22:06

    This is absolutely terrible - and what is worse - if it weren't for the DA, we would never know how totally incompetent and incapable the government is. Well done DA, stay on guard, the country needs you.

      Tsotsi-Baby - 2012-05-16 22:09

      I agree with you comrade. #EDUCATION #Power to the kids

      Godfrey - 2012-05-16 22:20

      WOW, Tsotsi agree we need DA!!!

      Peter - 2012-05-16 22:20

      @Tsotsi-Baby - Glad to see you finally agree to something the DA does. Maybe there is hope for our country after all

      Boer - 2012-05-16 22:21

      Welcome to the new South-Africa waar dinge net nog erger gaan raak.

      keith.ngobeni - 2012-05-16 23:14

      Sharon, that's one of the reasons the DA has become one of the biggest enemy is because they work hard to expose the ANC MEC's MP's incompetence in government. anyways the ANC does not care about education they're only interested in corruption,nepotism and looting.

      averil.knox - 2012-05-17 06:01

      Check state subsidised private schools as well. There the situation is worse in some cases.

      Preshen - 2012-05-17 10:35

      They must get Ipads

  • bernpm - 2012-05-16 22:21

    I did pick-up some time ago that curriculum material was available for free on the internet. The schools can download and print "for free". Will check and come back.

      John - 2012-05-16 22:30

      No copyright issues?

      Keith - 2012-05-17 08:29

      What chances do these poor schools have of even having an internet connection to get this material? Slim to nothing. I feel sorry for these scholars and teachers, but you reap what you sow. Vote ANC and look what we get

  • John - 2012-05-16 22:29

    Can't believ tsotsi agreed!!!!!

  • Nicolaas - 2012-05-16 22:48

    I see that the education mec blames lack of funding? Hmm, perhaps she can ask Juliass to donate some of the taxpayers money he stole through diddgy tenders!

  • michael.a.devilliers - 2012-05-16 22:58

    Redirect the MEC's salary to textbook purchasing. No job = no pay.

  • WhiteNut - 2012-05-17 01:21

    I hope the politicians and tenderpreneurs who bankrupted Limpopo can see the effects of their corruption and looting, now they are multi-millionares.....last week it was reported that there are no medicines for patients and a lot suffered as a result. Now pupils don't have a basic study material(textbooks!), this will seriously affect their future. Corruption has far reaching consequences

      Keith - 2012-05-17 08:25

      and we are in May,4 months of that learning gone. ANC keeping their people back, securing votes from uneducated masses.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-17 06:15

    And still the idiots vote ANC! They deserve each other!!

  • Bzeng - 2012-05-17 07:08

    It is almost June now and poor student have not recieved textbooks. Politicians still on holiday

  • Loo - 2012-05-17 09:48

    CIRCUS !!!!!!! as usual

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-05-17 10:05

    South Africa must wake up to the needs of our youth, this ANC mismanagement is gone to far. While workers work their butt off to get their children to school, the ANC and their Alliance partners are stuffing up the chances of our Nations youth by destroying their ability to become educated, which is the fundamental backbone to having the ability to empower and eventually enrich themselves. The ANC continues to show very little muscle in controlling their own management, and very little political will in bringing their office bearers to task. The Limpopo education department should be brought to parliament and publicly chastised on National television, fired on the spot and replaced by a special task force in full public view. This task team should be empowered to correct and investigate every thing about the Limpopo educational crises, where has the money for these books have gone, who was paid for what, they should include members of the new Hawks, and they should have the power to arrest all those responsible for this absolute disgrace in mismanagement. The Limpopo Province is claimed to be bankrupt, but it is not, the money has been stolen and the ANC government should set out to recover these funds, it seems as if the Premier of the Limpopo Province has sent it's entire budget to the Zimbabwean dictatorship so that Grace can keep shopping for shoes. It is obvious that the Province is not run by the ANC anymore, they are run by wicked ANC-infiltrators.

  • Johnny - 2012-05-17 10:15

    People can't blame the kids for their parents stupidity in voting for a political party that has the majority of idiots backing their corruption, and truly believes their own children should remain without decent education. The evidence is shown daily of ANC stealing out of their own supporters pockets, but the T-Shirt and chicken wing is enough apparently.

  • Laccy - 2012-05-17 16:48

    fire the damn head man his there for only his interest MONEY not for pupil..........

  • thozi - 2012-05-17 19:10

    If the Government can attend to the procurement of school books for the poor school children in Limpopo - and concentrate less on the "tolling". I have said it before and I will say again and again; The ANC government cares less about the poor or about pepople's opinion. All they do, is talk and talk.

  • hopesiphiwe.maseko - 2012-05-23 20:46

    So why don't you buy it ?

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