Blind pupils given wrong books

2012-07-25 14:37

Johannesburg - Pupils at a school for the blind in Limpopo are stuck with books meant for the sighted instead of Braille books, according to a report on Wednesday.

Packs of textbooks meant for the sighted were still at Siloe School for the Blind after they were delivered from the circuit office on Monday, the Sowetan newspaper reported.

The school, situated at Thokgwaneng village near Lebowakgomo, has 143 pupils and uses Braille books for lessons.

Authorities at the school told the newspaper that they ordered Braille books and discovered that the packs delivered contained standard books.

Allan Suban, for the department, told Sowetan there were no Braille books available yet.

"Textbooks for the blind are still being adapted by publishers. There are no textbooks for them at the moment."

He said the delivery of conventional books at Siloe was a mistake.

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-07-25 14:42

    FFS!...Come on ANC voters please open your eyes!!

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-07-25 15:08

      And pardon the pun, I didn't actually mean it!

      arthur.hugh - 2012-07-25 16:18

      Jeez can those morons not get anything right? Even with all the exposure on their ineptitude one would think they'd try harder. Un. Be. Lievable/

      Billy - 2012-07-25 16:39

      fact is, she is currently aware of the entire situation. and still these type of failures occur. whats the excuse now angie?

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-07-25 18:39

      I'm sure old Angie will give herself a 7.5 out of 10 now.

  • procold2 - 2012-07-25 15:10

    how can this happen, if it was the only mistake and was rectified quickly but under all the eyes that zimpopo has been under, this is a real embaressment a top class FAIL.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-07-25 16:15

      I can only imagine how the text books were distributed. Most likely a whole group of people in bakkies driving around Zimpopo hap hazardly tossing text books at any school they cane across just so that they could say the text books had been delivered.

      bernard.ingram - 2012-07-25 17:33

      LOL Kala, but you might be right!

  • hester.matmer.3 - 2012-07-25 15:16


  • djmain1 - 2012-07-25 15:19

    At least they got textbooks - that's more than a lot of Limpopo school children can say. Phansi cANCer, phansi!!!

  • rachel.longster - 2012-07-25 15:28

    In the present day and age of technology why are we still using textbooks at all? Surely it would be cheaper and easier to buy new Year 1 (Grade 1, whatever) students tablet computers (fairly cheap available from India & China) which they keep throughout their school career? Deliver the information electronically... I can't understand why education departments the world over are not following in India's lead on this!

      remi.preez - 2012-07-25 15:44

      And I'm sure a blind pupil will SEE the benefit of using an electronic tablet...

      Bradley Froud - 2012-07-25 16:59

      Crap statement! never seen a tablet with braille. Besides, are tablets used anywhere else in the world instead of text books? Are you from Zimpopo?

      barry.mcbride - 2012-07-25 17:05

      @remi.preez: yeah, but one should easily be able to have such with audio.

      bernard.ingram - 2012-07-25 17:37

      Are you crazy? Paper is much cheaper and last a lifetime. No battery or power supply needed. And with ESKOM being so unreliable, why would you even want to consider energy dependent education? Good idea, but it fails in Africa.

      bernpm - 2012-07-25 18:35 the meantime...scan page by page and convert into sound using Dragon Naturally Speaking, put on CD, multiply CD and distribute... those with sound equipment (CD player, cellphone..)can be made to hear the books.

      rachel.longster - 2012-07-26 10:26

      1. Blind people can and do use technology including tablets and smartphones and yes even iPhones / touch screen. Siri, JAWS and Dragon are useful tools for blind and partially sighted people. 2. Solar power for charging. There are solar schemes across Africa for technology including cellular masts. 3. Samsung have rolled out a pilot project in Kenya distributing tablets to schools. So to Remi, Bradley and Azurite, I respectfully request you to do a little bit of research into the subjects before you mouth off! I suppose you think that blind people don't watch television or go to see movies either?

  • ashwin.leckram - 2012-07-25 15:29

    Is this a April 1, 2013 joke? Those poor children must be thinking they have blank books.This is hilarious. This begs the statement; Any more proof of how inept the system is?

  • david.vanas.3 - 2012-07-25 15:41

    Don't worry, your government is also blind!!!!!

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-07-25 16:38

    Oh FFS! . . . what next?

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-07-25 16:46

    And naturally its Nobody's fault!!!

      barry.mcbride - 2012-07-25 17:12

      When in doubt blame the DA but if not, do it anyway

  • Bradley Froud - 2012-07-25 17:01

    Fire her fat butt and get someone educated in there! Mmmm not going to be an easy task I know!

  • bernard.ingram - 2012-07-25 17:32

    Typical example of how the ANC is failing SA. They are dumb and uneducated leftovers. Time for a a change. Get rid of the stupid ANC!!!

  • ejanette.joubert - 2012-07-25 18:37

    " was a mistake." That means no one is responsible, right? As always. To be constructive, how about Siloe school partnering with another school nearby, & the pupils can share the books - the sighted reading aloud to the blind - that way they can both learn something, and not just what is between the covers of the mooks - also cooperation & understanding of different life situations.

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-07-25 18:45

    even the blind don't fell it

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-07-25 19:53

    Insult to the children. But worse still is that they have no Braille books available. When will the responsible person pull finger and make sure that the syllabus is available to all without discrimination?

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-07-25 19:56

    Insult to the children. But worse still is that they have no Braille books available. When will the responsible person pull finger and make sure that the syllabus is available to all without discrimination?

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