1.5 million kids without textbooks

2012-04-22 11:58

East London - Thousands of pupils in the Eastern Cape were still waiting for textbooks months into the school year, the Sunday Times reported.

Books for 1.5 million pupils at 5582 schools in the province were still in a warehouse on Military Road in East London.

Most children who were meant to have been supplied with the books at the beginning of the school year on January 9 only received them a month later, reported the newspaper.

The basic education department claimed this week that 99% of government schools had received textbooks. However, Eastern Cape education superintendent-general Modidima Mannya said there were still "serious shortages" with the wrong books delivered to schools in certain cases.

"I am not going to comment in the event I am accused of attacking somebody," said Mannya.

The department was responsible for printing 54 million books for delivery to 24 355 schools across South Africa.

Not the first time

Claims of books not reaching their destination emerged after Mannya commissioned a forensic investigation into several hundred schools that failed to pay a total of R75m to suppliers, even though they had received funding from the department, reported the Sunday Times.

Mannya said it was not the first time books had not been correctly delivered, or delivered in the wrong language.

Peter Moses, head of department at Breidbach Primary, said he notified the department on February 16 about Xhosa textbooks, and was still waiting for a response.

The department said in a statement that project teams to monitor delivery and "mediate blockages" had been set up. Proof of delivery resided with the service provider and was verified by means of an audit.

The SA Democratic Teachers' Union's provincial secretary Mncekeleli Ndongeni said: "The buck stops with Mannya, who is the chief accounting officer for education in the province. Every time something happens, he blames someone else," reported the Sunday Times.

  • Robert - 2012-04-22 12:06

    Did the anc give you change?

      Rob - 2012-04-22 12:31

      OH NO ! More refugees heading off for " Zilleland. " Once they have " come of age " & relocated, they will vote ANC. Perhaps this is all part of the cANCer's plan to destabilise the EC & have the refugees relocate to the best run province in the country.

      Christof - 2012-04-23 00:44

      These Eastern cape kids can now obtain "education refugee" status in the Western cape :) I cannot imagine how big the DA's social & financial burden will be in 10 years - everyone is flocking to the WC to eat some golden eggs, but they hate the golden goose!, amazing.

      Preshen - 2012-04-23 07:56

      Get them Ipads

  • Christopher - 2012-04-22 12:06

    See what I mean Bluzulu!!No Wonder they all want to work for the government!

      bluzulu - 2012-04-22 13:50

      This is disgraceful however the other millions of kids have got their textbooks. Which ever department dropped the ball here needs to be taken to task.......See what I mean Chris.

      Christopher - 2012-04-22 13:54

      Totally agree with you. There comes a time that these culprits need to be brought to justice...but when is that time?? This is what makes me crazy is that no one is brought to book...And as it keeps going on and on, people get dispondent about this government and how they operate.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-22 14:58

      Chris, heaps of corrupt governmental officials are facing charges currently. I hate elected leaders lining their pockets as South Africa's poorest are still in desperate poverty. I see the good as well not just the bad.

  • Oscar - 2012-04-22 12:09

    Does it really matter, 95% of the pupils can't read in any case.

      Sheik - 2012-04-22 12:50

      They only need to be able to make a cross anyway, next to a flag which looks like the one on the T-Shirt they get just before each election. No big deal, no education required as grants for there to help.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-22 13:52

      @ Oscar, Where are the facts too back up these belittling %'s. Have a site or is this your personal take?

  • Harley - 2012-04-22 12:10

    But apparently being called a "Refugee" is the big problem

      Alf - 2012-04-22 13:26

      Here some suggestions instead of fugitives: Educational runaways; Mannya's fugitives; future Youth League leaders; bloody agents etc.

  • michael.a.devilliers - 2012-04-22 12:12

    The fact that textbooks aren't delivered on time or incorrectly is UNACCEPTABLE. The fact that it's April and they still haven't been delivered or the problems corrected shows the complete and utter failure of education in the Eastern Cape. And you only have the ANC and cadre deployment to blame.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-22 13:55

      Utter failure in the E.P, There are more than a few thousand children in this province.

  • Vuyo - 2012-04-22 12:14

    we should acknowledge that running a liberation movement and running a government are two different things . The ANC should stop appointing comrades in key positions .

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-22 12:14

    I reckon Hellen should take over that province as well she will sort the rot out in a month.Those poor children they have a right to be educated.I wonder if and why the parents are so mull on the issue???

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-22 12:15

    well put vuyo

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-22 12:18

    Oscar they cant read because greed and corruption have reduced their education to rubble.

  • Andrew - 2012-04-22 12:19

    The ANC has had 18 years to sort out this mess but cannot. It shows what a useless bunch of criminals they are that they rob the children of this country of an education to fill their pockets. Guess what the stupid blacks will still vote them into government and the crime will perpetuate. Sisk Sick Sick!!! No brains whatsoever. No wonder why the ANC wants to keep the ellectorate illiterate!!!!

      Harley - 2012-04-22 12:37

      and being called stupid is realy going to convince them to vote differently, i wonder who the stupid one is here

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-04-22 12:23

    no wonder Zille call EP children refugees

  • jlouw1 - 2012-04-22 12:24

    Give them iPads! Sorted.

      Chad - 2012-04-22 12:28

      are you trying to be a comedian?

  • Kyle - 2012-04-22 12:27

    yo yo yo where are all the Zille haters today? They probably didn't want to read this, because they're ashamed for being morons. NOW DO YOU SEE WHY THEY WERE CALLED REFUGEES????? Because the ANC is robbing them, so they have to run away.

  • Nigel - 2012-04-22 12:28

    Keep voting for the ANC & this is what you will get, more nothing. It is a violation of human rights, the ANC is denying the people of South Africa their basic right to education, it is wrong!!!!!!

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-04-23 01:07

      Nigel, the problem is that the provinces still need to get their money from central government. People say the ANC SADTU members are rotten to the core, and lazy to boot. They don't care about the children - only themselves and how they can use/abuse the system. You can't take them out of the system, because there's no one to replace them. Established teachers in the main centres are up in arms about moving to the rural outposts. Mannya is caught in a catch-22, and I don't envy him his job in the least.

  • Alex - 2012-04-22 12:39

    Hahaha...what a joke!

      Michelle - 2012-04-22 14:30

      Definitely not a joke when childrens' futures are being messed with

      Alex - 2012-04-22 16:53

      Oh Michelle get a life.

  • Sheik - 2012-04-22 12:39

    What is about the Eastern Cape Education and the ANC that they just can't get it right! Poor Zille can look at more Education deprived refugee's.

  • stefaans.blaauw - 2012-04-22 12:54

    R500 million gone, which was meant for text books, and for schools. Is this how the ANC want to educate the youth, whom will be the leaders of tomorrow? officials does not care about the youth, they care about MONEY and more MONEY, even if it meand deprive their own people. Bravo keep the good work up.

  • Sewela Marcia Rapudubudu - 2012-04-22 12:59

    Government is failing big time and our president(aka shower man) is doing nothing than to get married non stop.

  • Hermann - 2012-04-22 13:02

    The price and sacrifice of liberation will take decades to be settled while the liberators enrich themselves.

  • maryjane.mphahlele - 2012-04-22 13:15

    hhhhhmmmm i knew it.still there are people who don't have text books while our president is busy marrying many wives instead of improving service deliveries.

  • Mart - 2012-04-22 13:18

    This situation reeks of corruption within the tiers of power in the ANC......people along the chain have taken their cuts and walked away. And once again the cowardly ANC has thrust the children forward as cannon fodder and victims.... just like they did in Soweto in 1976.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-04-23 01:09

      Well said, Mart. The books are in East London. It's a problem of distribution: the right books to the right location. I would love to know who had that contract and defaulted.

  • Melania - 2012-04-22 13:31

    Off course they don't have any. There will however be more weddings, more parties and more bonusses this year... Congrats ANC. You raised educational refugees and future DA voters.

  • maveloustic - 2012-04-22 13:59

    This are the consequences of apartheid government. Those school are from deep rural areas where there was nothing. Its like been born in a poor family, when you grow up you lots of responsibility to look on and you end up failling to fix some problem. Remember most of our leaders never enjoy what they enjoying their time now its their time although not good. Zille apartheid didn't affected her.

      michelle.kirsten - 2012-04-22 14:34

      MaveLOUSTIC: what, did the apartheid govt time-travel here and lock the textbookk warehouse, bribe officials to not give a damn and then go back to the eighties to burn down schools?

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-04-23 01:16

      Nope, my Sweet. There are enough funds and enough people to do a great job. They just don't get the chance. Has it ever crossed you mind that the Big "Z" is marrying so many women and having children at such a rate to set up his own dynasty in SA? If he is not working with a plan, I am very afraid. We will be paying for the livelihood of his children until the World stops spinning on it's axis. ALL of us, including you.

  • averil.knox - 2012-04-22 14:05

    It doesn't matter if you attending a government school or a private school. This is our second year without text booksat a private school outside Tzaneen. Mid-year exams are about 7 weeks away, management is harassing us for good marks, but how are we supposed to teaach with no books? It is unfair to the learners as the book fees were supposedly worked in to the school fees when they amending them. The learners cannot revise and have to rely on what is discussed or taught in class. When marks are not up to the standard management wants it is always "the teachers or the pupils are not motivated". Copyright infringement penalties stop us from making copies as we know, if there was a dispute regarding such as thing, the teachers would stand alone. Preparing lessons etc, has now made teaching a 15-18 hour a day job. Once my matrics have written their finals this year, I am going to find me another job, preferably 8 - 5. Government money goes? but thhis institutions money goes ? as well.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-04-23 01:20

      Averil, I believe there is a new initiative where school curriculum text books can be downloaded online, all copyrights sorted out. Please check it out.

  • mholthuysen - 2012-04-22 14:19

    Aha - but we are making soooo much noise about HZ's comment about refugees. But that was the only thing the tossers of the ANC do - action what is that... education - oh no; lets keep everyone stupid so that they continue to vote for the ANC...

  • Michelle - 2012-04-22 14:29

    And then there are some people out there who judge me for moving to another country????? My son started lessons on the first day in Dubai with ALL books provided by the school. This does happen as well in some schools in SA. Just a pity that learners suffer because of political power play and greed

  • Ian - 2012-04-22 14:30

    dont worry kids, mom and dad will vote anc for a food parcel, so long as you can make an X next to anc nothing else is important, too bad if you dont get a decent education, you ledus need gravy

  • Mandu - 2012-04-22 14:42

    How the hell is this still a problem? I know first hand how difficult it is to try and do well at school without any textbooks. I just can't believe the gov hasn't sorted this out yet after all these years.

  • Henry - 2012-04-22 16:23

    I think if internet access should made more affordable for education purposes, in terms of online education with the use of devices like laptops, web boxes, ipad tablets etc. As some of these devices are capable of e-books. That system I think it could address the shortage of the textbooks, as newspapers, magazines and textbooks are on their way out anyway. Another thing which I strongly suggest is that if parents could help buy those textbooks at their convenience just to meet the schools and the teachers half way for the sake of academic time.

      Nigel - 2012-04-22 17:38

      yes Henry you are right, HZ is working hard on this in the WC, in the not too distant future all in Cape Town will have access to high speed internet, while the ANC doesn't even bother to give the people in the EC school books, not to mention Limpopo.

  • Sechaba Mothupi - 2012-04-22 16:39

    Internet acces should b made affordbl 4 acamedic purpses...ths could also work 2 eliminate current imbalances of text book distribtions!

  • Sechaba Mothupi - 2012-04-22 16:41

    Internet acces should b made affordbl 4 acamedic purpses...ths could also work 2 eliminate current imbalances of text book distribtions!

  • Malcolm - 2012-04-22 17:36

    The incompetence in this province abounds. Year after year they repeat the same stupidity and never seem to learn, which explains why educating the youth is not a priority and never will become a top priority, as it should be.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-22 18:01

    Does anyone know where JZ,s children go to school.

  • James - 2012-04-22 18:17

    And yet when I was at school I was expected to supply my own textbooks, and yes that was during cANCer rule

  • gailcarolynhayes - 2012-04-22 19:25

    Excuse me. How difficult would it be for the schools to FIRST pay for the books with the money PRESUMABLY paid to them by the GOVT and then for the schools themselves to collect the books from this warehouse showing proof that payment has been made? Gee - how totally stupid ARE the ANC and Jimmy Mannyi who won't accept responsibility for being incapable of so much as running a spaza shop?

  • Karen - 2012-04-22 19:57

    Why are the textbooks of the previous years not kept and managed by the teachers! Additional books can then be ordered the previous year! Look after the resources and they will look after you! We need a sustainable system!

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-04-23 01:26

      At out Primary School the books were in use for at least five years. People are enriching themselves through the educational budget. Or the books are being used for toilet paper/rolling a zol. Take your pick.

  • BarBen666 - 2012-04-23 00:43

    What an incompetent shame! It is clear that as long as the wood-choppers and water-bearers are put into admin and other posh and top jobs, there are no hope that backlogs will ever be erased in our country. May the same God who saved us from the previous regime also hear the cries of the unfortunate and desperate sufferers and save us from a present regime which have their priorities all mixed up.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-04-23 09:38

    Normal failure of government, get your kids out of the country while you still can, they would have a better chance at a successful future in almost any other African country than they do here.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-04-23 09:44

    They have been caught out once again with a major stuff up, but we should ask ourselves, were they not just waiting to see if they can sell off these books to scrap paper dealers. I mean, where it is means that it is as good as toilet paper.

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