Azapo calls for Motshekga’s axing as DA marches over textbooks

2012-07-02 13:13

Azapo in Limpopo has entered the fray over the non-delivery of textbooks in the province, calling for President Jacob Zuma to step in and axe minister Angie Motshekga and MEC Dickson Masemola over their handling of the crisis.

Speaking to City Press today, following the party’s provincial council yesterday, secretary Mokotedi Radingoana said: “One of the topics on the agenda was the textbooks crisis which we think has been going on for far too long.

“A resolution was taken that six months is just far too long, and there seems to be no end in sight.

“Some schools report that they did get the books but it’s not the relevant material. We say the minister and the MEC, as they are the ones who should account to the people of Limpopo, should resign. If they refuse, Zuma should fire them.”

On Friday, the Department of Basic Education claimed to have finished delivering textbooks to all schools across the province.

Moreover, it announced the appointment of education expert Mary Metcalfe to carry out an independent audit to verify if all schools have received textbooks.

Radingoana said the appointment of Metcalfe to probe what had happened with textbook deliveries in Limpopo would not help as everyone knew what the problem was.

Meanwhile, the DA marched to the offices of the education department in Limpopo where the party handed over a memorandum with a number of demands.

Among others, the party demanded that:
» All textbooks for 2013 be delivered to schools no later than November 30 2012;

» All learners in Limpopo have access to all the textbooks they need;

» Corruption be eliminated in the book ordering process through an automated quote-sourcing system from a database of approved suppliers;

» A public record be kept of the number of books ordered and their titles per school; and

» A system of redistributing books between schools be put in place to deal with the over- or under-supply of books.

The party’s spokesperson, Jamie Turkington, said the demands were not unreasonable.

“In fact, the DA successfully does every single one of these things where we govern. We challenge the ANC-governed Limpopo to provide the same level of service to learners and schools.

“The DA welcomes the imminent appointment of Professor Mary Metcalf, the former director-general of Higher Education, to assist with the textbook verification process. We call for her terms of reference to be established as a matter of urgency and her appointment finalised so she can begin in earnest.”

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