70% of school workbooks delivered

2012-02-06 13:11

Johannesburg - About 70% of workbooks for the 2012 academic year have been delivered to the country's public schools, the department of basic education said on Monday.

"The department has always scheduled to complete delivery of the workbooks by the third week of the first term in all provinces," it said.

"This year there [was] a massive increase in the number of workbooks for learners from 24 million distributed in 2011, to 54 million - to 26 000 schools - in 2012."

Workbooks were meant to supplement textbooks, to strengthen learning and teaching in the classroom.

"They are not a replacement for textbooks," the department said.

It was responding to a report in the Mail & Guardian on Friday, which claimed that 70% of public schools countrywide were without workbooks.

"All workbooks are being delivered to provinces according to the agreed to schedules," the department said.

"Provincial departments of education have informed schools of the revised delivery schedules."

In some parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga delivery had been disrupted by flash floods, it said.

  • George - 2012-02-06 13:15

    Well f@#%ing done, half way through the first term. No rush, you still have 300 days to go.

      Chris - 2012-02-06 13:34

      Must be hell to be a school kid in this flippen place. If it's not the books, it's the teachers. Why werent all these books delivered in November 2011 already.

      Daniel - 2012-02-06 14:02

      They could reduce the matric pass rate to 20%, then they don't have to bother with distributing workbooks. This will save time for everybody and the matrics still can't read and write, so there is no change there.

      Anthony - 2012-02-06 14:24

      but it,s FREE....hahahhahah.......FREEdom!!!!!

  • George - 2012-02-06 13:17

    PS and all delivered to the 70% of all the schools that dont have pupils

      steve.dupreez - 2012-02-06 16:06

      Oh well - in a country where the pass rate is 30% per subject I suppose 70% of books delivered is not to bad.

  • Jomah - 2012-02-06 13:20

    Thank goodness my child goes to private school. I dont need this sub standard performace in my life.

      Lorenzo - 2012-02-06 14:17

      I went to a government school & fortunately we never had this problem! HOWEVER if I ever have kids, they’re definitely going to a Private school. Every year gets worse and worse…

  • procold2 - 2012-02-06 13:23

    and seventy percent is acceptable, what about the other 30%

      Martin - 2012-02-06 14:52

      the world needs ditch diggers too

  • Deeteem - 2012-02-06 13:36

    Pathetic is too good a word to use here !!! I find it hard to believe that the number of workbooks supplied in 2012 has more than doubled ?? Have pupils doubled this year or is there a nice little business going on here ??

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-06 13:37

    Only with the ANC is it considered an achievement by getting 70% of the job done, albeit late as well. Have to admit I agree with them, it is an achievement for them! Pathetic at best, Thanks Bladder and Mary Metcow, you are useless the both of you. PS did you guys buy your doctorates? Just asking?

  • Bibi - 2012-02-06 13:37

    70% is NOT good enough. These are the pupils that need books most urgently. My kids all finished primary school in Jhb and every year we had to photocopy text books for the these schools in the townships. It was either the books were not oredered on time or the ED delivered the books late.

  • Jeffrey - 2012-02-06 13:43

    "About 70% of workbooks for the 2012 academic year have been delivered to the country's public schools, the department of basic education said on Monday." ...and they say this like it's a good thing. Staggers the imagination!

      Bibi - 2012-02-06 13:57

      The blind's leading the blind.

  • Andre - 2012-02-06 14:10

    Is this regarded as an achievement?! It is shamefull, no wonder the education system is in such a blerry mess. These apies running it is suffering of the typical "African" disease, always late and incompetent.

  • Marion - 2012-02-06 14:13

    As a parent of a child who attends a government school I wish to say that the department of education is totally pathetic. Even if they schedule delivery for 3 weeks into the school year that is 3 weeks too late. Schedule the books for delivery by November of the previous year. It is not as if the curriculum is changing on a daily basis. It is called effective planning. I'm not quite sure what they do with these workbooks either as my son doesn't get to bring them home. When I enquired at the school where I could get textbooks I was told they don't use them in Grade 9. We had textbooks, and good ones too, when I was at school.

  • MissGremlin - 2012-02-06 14:15

    This is a disgrace. The simple truth of the matter, is that we will never drag our people out of poverty, if we can not educated them. The fact that we are failing at such a critical step, 20 years into freedom, is appalling. I think Angie Motshega is awesome, and she has made some great changes, but this is dreadful.

      MissGremlin - 2012-02-06 14:16

      *educate*. epic fail.

  • Jason - 2012-02-06 14:20

    Well thats a joke - just like the department of education, you are failing this Country miserably, just like our Government!!

  • kerrimg - 2012-02-06 14:59

    schools have been back since 18 jan should this been done before school starts

  • Steve - 2012-02-06 15:19

    You mean 30% of school books haven't been delivered ?

  • heinrich.crouse - 2012-02-06 15:51

    The department has always scheduled to complete delivery of the workbooks by the third week of the first term in all provinces. Pft. Reaching for the stars, hey?

  • Faizie - 2012-02-06 16:01

    Well at Lyttleton Primary school in Pretoria, the Grade 5D teacher was told to apologize to parents for asking those who could buy a school atlas to do so. Kids were sharing. Eish.

  • ISO - 2012-02-06 18:10

    Poor planning!!! Education system going down the drain!

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