70% of Limpopo kids fail

2012-07-22 14:44

Johannesburg - Failure to deliver textbooks to schools in Limpopo has affected exam results in that province, the Sunday Times reported.

According to the paper, 70% of Grade 10 pupils in 25 Limpopo schools failed their June exams.

This amounted to 3174 of 4529 pupils.

Principals told the paper the dire results were likely to be mirrored in the rest of the province.

"Teachers are willing to assist, even over weekends, but we don't have any money to pay them," said Henry Raedani of Azwifarwi Secondary School.

"The children have been suffering without books."

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said the media had overplayed the failure to deliver textbooks.

"This question of no teaching for six months is a media story, and now principals are jumping on the bandwagon when they have not done their work," she was quoted as saying.

Limpopo ANC youth league spokesperson Jacob Lebogo reportedly said both Motshekga and Limpopo MEC for education Dickson Masemola should be removed.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-07-22 15:00

    It was an especial cruelty to ask these pupils to sit these exams in the 1st place.

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-22 15:07

    Yeah what the hell just blame it on colonial rule, Angie you will be fine. And yes the media overplayed it there's no problem...... You should ask for a promotion, fantastic job you are doing over there....

  • phelejoseph.lenonyane - 2012-07-22 15:10

    I wonder how did Dickson Masemola make it to be MEC of education in Limpopo?! He failed as Executive Mayor of Sekhukhune District Municipality and Cassel chose him as mec because of his loyalty to ANC and nothing else! He must go back and herd some cattles in Ga-Marishane where he comes from, this tjatjarag agent. The whole of Sekhukhune is in the mess because of his incompetence,and now the whole of Limpopo education is in crisis because of him!

      isabel.w.stokes - 2012-07-22 15:16

      Cadre Deployment - what else can you expect?

  • carlson.thipe - 2012-07-22 15:16

    Enough! Angie. You can't keep on pointing finger on others. What is your responsibility as minister? How do you differ from other fired ministers? If you are single, then I'm afraid.

  • Gerhard1Marais - 2012-07-22 15:19

    Gongrats keep the good job UP ! Your exceeding my expations. But hell will freeze over before I give my job u for a incompetent FooL that you created!

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-07-22 15:19

    blame apartheid. It's so much easier than admitting the truth.

  • pws69 - 2012-07-22 15:21

    The ANC got 84,88% of the vote in the 2009 election in Limpopo. You get what you vote for.

      mantsho.tlali - 2012-07-22 15:50

      That is why sometimes l dont feel like l want to feel sorry for this people. They dont get it, that their lives are in their hands, when vote bad you will get bad, when you vote good you will get good.God himself helps those who help themselves.

      tommo.too - 2012-07-22 17:32

      Totally agree. But will they vote the same again in 2014?

      antin.herink - 2012-07-22 21:41

      I am sure by now that most of them don't mind the poverty, the lack of comforts that we take for granted. The great majority lacks the ambition to strive for a better future. Instead they get their grants and eat their pap. It's only when the ANC-shyte stirrers start to instill envy and hatred of the evil white man that they become jealous and militant. So they will vote and vote again for the ANC and blame us, when told to do so. Sheep do as sheep are.

  • lesego.boikanyo.79 - 2012-07-22 15:27

    I hope Angie will be fired after Mangaung. The only reason she is still minister is because Zuma wants to secure the Women's League in December. Meanwhile, children suffer because people want to secure their political futures.

  • eva.bogiages.1 - 2012-07-22 15:28

    This is a disgrace! How does Angie Motshekga sleep at night? It is every child's RIGHT (not privilege) to receive a decent education. A fish starts rotting from its head - get rid of the useless heads in our education system so that we can stop the rot from setting in. Motshekga must be the first to go! Of COURSE she must be held responsible! Who else? She was supposed to be in charge of her department! This country CANNOT afford to employ any more incompetent, corrupt, inefficient and ignorant education officials. We HAVE to educate our youth - we don't have a choice if we are to secure a better future for ALL. It is a sin not to educate a child. Ignorant masses are dangerous and volatile people - they are the ones who start wars and revolutions! When will the madness end? Shame on you, Angie Motshekga, for dumping perfectly good and usable books!(Since when do Shakeseare's plays become too old to be used?) Shame on you for allowing this crisis to carry on for YEARS!(We all know that this fiasco is not a recent one and NO, the press has NOT "overplayed" the story - they uncovered the story!) Shame on you for not treating our youth as your first priority - they are our only hope for a better future in this country. Shame on you, Angie Motshekga, you disgusting human stain! Shame on you!

  • Emil - 2012-07-22 15:32

    I am amazed that 30% passed. How are these kids supposed to study without books.The 30% could bring down the support for the ANC to 54.88%. Or maybe they will wish to continue on the path they are on.They could then possibly benefit from a feeding scheme 10 years from now and still dilligently vote for the ANC in gratitude for their food parcels.

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-22 15:42

      Apparently only schools of a certain classification had the likes of EduSolutions forced on them - and only in certain provinces. From what I could gather, there's a complicated, convoluted method of madness as to how schools are permitted to procure books and other supplies. Schools in other categories procured their books and supplies directly and were interestingly enough, well-equipped as a result. So it may well be that the 30% who passed, went to schools that had what they needed.

  • ntsieni1 - 2012-07-22 15:44

    Mrs motshekga why u punishing our kidz,,u alwayz got something tO blame, obviously the media is doing their job,,when will u know to take your responsibility,,did u get job description when got ur,,this cadre deployment is killing the future of our child

  • mantsho.tlali - 2012-07-22 15:45

    We need to remove Jacob Zuma completely, he is destroying this country, what is Motshekga still doing there? l cannot wait fo 2014 election jus to see if the people of South Africa will still continue to give ANC the majority, because seriously things are out of order!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-23 00:24

      Why wait? Let's chuck them out. No confidence.

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-07-23 07:56

      yes, but who put him there, Mr Malema & Mr Vavi, can't say us whites didn't warn you guys.

  • malusi.shumane.7 - 2012-07-22 15:51

    Perhaps that 8/10 the minister gave herself was for always shifting the game. She excels on this one

  • christopher.collings.9 - 2012-07-22 15:53

    These are the same fools that support juliass the clown malema. How fitting that the province has such a shocking pass rate. The dumb leading the dumber.

  • altusvanzyl - 2012-07-22 15:58

    Wow, shocking. Here in the Western Cape we all get 70%:D

  • polelo.phokwane - 2012-07-22 16:08

    This is disgusting as no one takes the blame,that means affected children's reps must sue the dept.

  • perceive.mashale - 2012-07-22 16:18

    No,we cn't go on lyk dz,doz kids our children,d leaders of 2mrw so diz d tym 2 stand up n remove Angie n Masemola dy r failng our children,Limpopo wake up tym is gone!

  • julio.sanfona - 2012-07-22 16:18

    Oh Andie, Angie! Now you're blaming the press. Why don't you go and play in the traffic?

  • ktheron2 - 2012-07-22 16:28

    ANY reasonable and realistic, clear-thinking person surprised about this? Nah....I didn't think so.

  • braamc - 2012-07-22 16:28

    Keep on voting for that useless criminal cANCer bunch

  • Leah - 2012-07-22 16:29

    Epic FAIL. But it is only a media story! What a wally this woman is.

  • jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-07-22 16:51

    This is why people think less of black people (who is the majority voters for the anc). Sorry if you think I'm racist, I couldn't give a sh*t but if you keep voting for the anc you will keep losing respect and just keep gaining stupidity.

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  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-07-22 18:15

    Hey with a Minister of Education like we have what do you expect - fire the useless 'cow'.. There are surely many more members who could take her place (oops - maybe whities)...

  • sarina.mtsk - 2012-07-22 18:20

    It is so sad with the education statistics in Limpopo. Medupi power station is being built where I was born and the heartbreaking thing is the lack of skills there. The very people who should be benefiting from the power station dont even stand a chance

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-23 00:30

      And this is the freedom that was promised by the ANC?

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-07-22 18:20

    Wonder why. Minister - Go - you are the epitimy of failure... Hand over the keys for the BMW, vacate the Government 'plush' residence' and learn how to live like the rest of us.........

      tertia.boswell - 2012-07-22 22:56

      How about, go and live like the parents of those children, who are breaking their backs to get their kids some education, and live on the same income as them, ms Angie the Shirker? Hoe about you go and find a job with the level of education that is all you allow these kids, and I mean without the nepotism!

  • godesha - 2012-07-22 18:59

    Seriously Angie?

  • Wayne Klasen - 2012-07-22 19:51

    HeY : Angie you cannot Blame headmaster for not doing their work n when you Have not lifted a finger to make sure textbooks reach their targets. You are PATHETIC

  • Vince.York - 2012-07-22 20:44

    uguh, ugah, uuuuuugaahhhhh!!!! and now how is the next priority spelled? of course:- 'child grant' so long as it's AA and comes in at quadruple the cost of anything else in the world per BEE doctrine.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-22 21:01

    How did Limpopo kids write exams if they'd had no books?

      sphiwe.dllamini - 2012-07-23 09:33

      There is no money to pay overtime for educators, but the ANC can spend 100 millions of rands in centenary celebrations! This is so strange !

  • antin.herink - 2012-07-22 21:31

    Ugly Angie you are despicable. "This question of no teaching for six months is a media story, and now principals are jumping on the bandwagon when they have not done their work" You are scum. How the frack COULD they do their work -without the books you should have provided! One can say you should hang your head in shame, but you are a shameless liar. And EASILY THE PLANET'S MOST UGLY MINISTER IN AT LEAST A CENTURY!

  • antin.herink - 2012-07-22 21:34

    For once I'm 100% with the ANCYL. Give them a Mo√ęt & Chandon! (The Cristal is for me.)

  • tertia.boswell - 2012-07-22 22:43

    Overplayed?!?! Shirking again, Ms Minister? I said it before, I'll say it again and I'll keep on saying it: You should be fired and then made to pay for an extra year of education for the kids who didn't have books and I mean out of your own pocket, from the money you have been raking in for sitting around being useless instead of doing your job and taking responsibility!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-23 00:14

      What a wonderful idea!! Now that's called accountability!

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-07-23 07:49

    70% of Limpopo kids fail to get 33%, OMG the ANC have failed the country, evota DA!!

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-07-23 08:09

    ANC wins 70% of votes in Limpopo 70% of Limpopo provincial departments placed under administration ( nationalised) 70% of Limpopo pupils fail mock exams

  • cj.venter - 2012-07-23 09:40

    why couldn't they use last year's textbooks and teach the kids SOMETHING instead of nothing at all?!? oh wait, that's exactly what the anc wants this country to become.

      fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-07-23 09:56

      CJ - Do you remember when we where at school? - a system that created world renowned Scientists, engineers, and YES even Mandela? We handed our books in at the end of the year, for reuse next year. Simple. Why new books every year?

  • ahenriquesfernandes - 2012-07-23 10:36

    So is this due to poverty again, Angie?

  • heinrich.spreeth - 2012-07-23 12:10

    "70% of Grade 10 pupils in 25 Limpopo schools failed their June exams." "Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said the media had overplayed the failure to deliver textbooks." So Minister Angie Motshekga? 70% of learners failed , and all you care about is the media reporting on it? I have no words!

  • heinrich.spreeth - 2012-07-23 12:12

    CAn someone please explain to me. How A province can have basically NO books or school for 6 months and none of the teachers or schools made any hoohaa? How is this even possible. WHAT DID THEY DO for 6 MONTHS!!!??

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