Education dept: Books deadline met

2012-06-28 08:44

Johannesburg - The basic education department said on Thursday it had met the deadline for the delivery of textbooks to schools in Limpopo.

"We met our deadline last night and all the books have left the warehouse," spokesperson Hope Mokgatlhe said.

The department had an agreement with rights organisation Section 27 that all schools in the province receive textbooks by Wednesday night.

Section 27 spokesperson Mark Heywood said it had only anecdotal reports from the ground, but expected to have a full report from the department at 09:00.

‘Independent probe’

"There certainly was a big effort, and I think many schools will have their books this [Thursday] morning," Heywood said.

"However, we have received contradictory reports as well, therefore we call for an independent verification of the report."

The department of basic education was initially ordered in May to provide Limpopo schools with textbooks by June 15.

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled in May that the department's failure to provide textbooks violated the Constitution.

Section 27, which brought the application, met the department after the first deadline expired, and it was decided that delivery of the textbooks be completed by Wednesday.

ANC: Unfortunate matter

Meanwhile, the ANC said it was "unfortunate" that Limpopo pupils did not have textbooks in the first half of the year.

"We are saying, it's very unfortunate," African National Congress spokesperson Jackson Mthembu told SAfm.

"Six months into an education year, kids have no books."

However, Mthembu did not want to comment on reports that the department had missed another deadline to deliver the textbooks by midnight on Wednesday.

  • stuart.robinson.1829 - 2012-06-28 08:51

    What disciplinary action is taken against the authority if they fail to comply with the deadline?

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-06-28 09:04

      Absolutely nothing. They will just move onto the next catastrophe.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-06-28 09:13

      Sure - they have left the 'Central Warehouse' and are now sitting in the 'Regional Warehouses', most likely. Problem solved - none delivery now becomes the 'regions' fault.

      Vicker - 2012-06-28 09:23

      The scary thing is that the ANC now expects a pat on the back for "solving" the crisis. How can anyone's standards be that low???

      curry.paradox - 2012-06-28 09:59

      Books deadline met??!!! It'll be JULY in 3 days!

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-06-28 09:59

      Pathetic. But the arrogance that goes with it is intolerable. And you do all realise this will be 'our' fault, and something to do with apartheid of course.

      tyron.fawcett - 2012-06-28 10:07

      Why do the pupils only get text books now any ways? what have they been learning the last 6 months? Oh i forgot ANC Dont want their supporters to be educated. A Individual with a educated decision cant possibly vote ANC?

      ofentse.thole - 2012-06-28 10:33

      I cannot understand why in the first place we(tax payers) had to take the department of education to court for them to do their own job!! bunch of incompetent idiots nxa!!

      Mike - 2012-06-28 10:44

      A simple test question for the minister........ 1. An ANC Minister of Education and her departmental heads have the power to ensure that the correct school text books are delivered to schools in all provinces on time. They are also expected to be competent in their ministerial portfolios ......(A) Explain what steps can be put into place to ensure that the provision of the text books to the schools is completed on time. (B) Indicate the possible sources of complicating problems which may be experienced. (C) List the possible solutions to these problems given in part (B) 2. If the ANC Minister fails to perform this task on time, is she guilty of neglecting her portfolio and the education of the children, or is simply uncaring and incompetent ? (3) Explain why it would be better for the Minister to resign immediately, rather than be kicked out by her government for the embarrassment she has caused them and for the many months lost in educating so many children.

  • ivan.ferreira - 2012-06-28 08:52

    Cant trust ANYTHING the corrupt ANC government are saying. Call in independent verification.

      Ray - 2012-06-28 09:14

      The stuff was supposed to be "delivered" not "dispatched"

  • chris.gill.9849 - 2012-06-28 08:54

    6 months too late douche bags.

  • peter.braat - 2012-06-28 08:59

    Met the deadline? That deadline was six months ago when school started! Also notice the carefully phrased weasle-talk: 'The books have left the warehouse'. This does not mean 'have been delivered'! A clear indication not all books have reached their destination yet.

  • hendrikvs - 2012-06-28 09:00

    Now they make themselves look like heroes. "We have met the deadline!!" What a joke!!! Was the actual deadline not somewhere in December 2011??

      Johnnys_Place - 2012-06-28 09:23

      You are 100% correct !!

  • Johnnys_Place - 2012-06-28 09:03

    I do NOT believe them !!! And still, how do they manage to slip up for SIX months after knowing about this issue ??? The warehouse maybe empty but according to the news last night there are still 40 schools that did not receive anything !

  • Bloodstone - 2012-06-28 09:03

    The "Second Transition" in practice! Almost the beginning of July, and the inept fools are still trying to see a silver lining around this massive dark cloud THEY have created. "second transition" my ass!

  • jordynpaige.eckstein - 2012-06-28 09:04

    Great with less than 50 school days until Matric finals and another reason to our celebrate mediocrity.

  • thapelo.musekwa - 2012-06-28 09:04

    Funny enough,the department had all this time from January to deliver the books,but failed to do so.....but they managed to deliver the books within 15 days of the court order.....this tells us something....There are some lazy official not doing their job but chanting everyday on the streets for salary increases.

      Peter - 2012-06-28 09:50

      100% correct. It is a sad day when kids have to rely on court orders to receive an education.

  • misswoodcutter - 2012-06-28 09:06

    6 months later...not sure if this is something to be proud of. *smh*

  • Adil Smit - 2012-06-28 09:09

    Almost July and they only getting textbooks now? Not fair to the pupils or the teachers.

      odupreez - 2012-06-28 09:56

      Teachers turn to go on strike for more pay, I would really not worry much about tecahers. They could not care a hoot about the kids and their job (educating the kids PROPERLY.

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-06-28 09:09

    They may of left the warehouse but whose to say they'll reach their destination. Maybe they get hi-jacked and re-sold back to the Dept. or get burned like the other lot. The bottom line is this ANC govt. are nowt but charlatans and liers and cannot be trusted or relied upon to complete the simplest of tasks.

  • glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-06-28 09:10

    Now for the disciplinary hearing of all criminals concerned. Six months is not meeting the deadline! It is a crime against the children of Limpopo! Where is the restitution?

  • steveroodt - 2012-06-28 09:16

    Wow they delivered the books on time.Mmmmmmmmm on time six month's later what a joke.Just imagine you were one of these kids who went to school and actually wanted to improve there lives what a set back this is too that person. I also blame their Teachers if they were real Educators they wouldn't have sat for six months to let this situation get out of control .But it is easier to take all the holidays that come with their jobs and sit on their fat asses and do nothing except strike for more money.

      steveroodt - 2012-06-28 09:19

      And i should have edited before posting but the issue really annoys me

      sanet.oelofse - 2012-06-28 09:34

      Correction, they did not deliver, the books have only been dispatched.

  • Wayne - 2012-06-28 09:17

    Um, I hate to overstate the obvious but, was the deadline not in January. Striving for adequacy! Nice one ANC!

      Gerald - 2012-06-28 09:27

      No Wayne, the deadline was supposed to be Dec 2011 so the schools can be ready for 1st day of school 2012. And they haven't delivered the books yet, it reads "I think many schools have books". Not very reassuring. And this was their "BIG Effort"

  • erich.goosen - 2012-06-28 09:21

    Why do I think that some of these books have just been moved out of sight?

  • tlou.mathekga - 2012-06-28 09:22

    like hell the deadline was met.we're half way thru the year for crying in a bucket...

  • marcelle.joubertdurandt - 2012-06-28 09:24

    "Meanwhile, the ANC said it was "unfortunate" that Limpopo pupils did not have textbooks in the first half of the year. "We are saying, it's very unfortunate," African National Congress spokesperson Jackson Mthembu told SAfm." UNFORTUNATE? .... INDEED. Is that ALL you have to say ANC????? My question to this Government is - WTF are YOU going to do about it?

  • Clive - 2012-06-28 09:29

    No doubt the provincial and national depts of basic education are now patting themselves on the back, thinking they have done a good job. We need to keep reminding them that ALL text books and other materials should have been available on the first day of the school year (the true "deadline"), not during the mid-year break. Now we wait - no doubt in vain - to hear which heads have rolled. If any, probably some junior flunkey, not the relevant "managers" - the ANC deployees.

  • Gerald - 2012-06-28 09:35

    This makes me so flipping angry! These kids are getting screwed over by their own people (parents, teachers and govt are all guilty)

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-28 09:38

      Gerald, in the main, the parents are not to blame. If they are guilty of anything, it's ignorance and blind faith. They have/had a simple belief that the ANC would look after them. We all know the truth.

      Gerald - 2012-06-28 10:13

      yes you are right Bless, very sad but true.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-28 11:06

      Bless, but what is going to happen when that blind faith finally hit rock bottom and the people wake up from this dream that the ANC is looking after them?.

  • lourens.rossouw.3 - 2012-06-28 09:38

    You people don't understand a thing. They are 6 months early for next year's kids. This is most probably what we will hear as excuse. Ban them to Antartika I say.

      Gerald - 2012-06-28 09:39


  • adriaan.pieterse - 2012-06-28 09:41

    I really want to hear what the parents of those children are saying. The people of SA have a voice, yet Limpopo is very quiet? I don't have children yet I am offended at the poor service delivery, everybody has a right to education!

  • Henk - 2012-06-28 09:53

    In what country are these idiots staying in?

  • patrick.mcmahon.7 - 2012-06-28 09:57

    This only partially solves the problem as it is unlikely that most of the kids, in reality, will get the books before the start of the third term. Not that easy to get everyone to school in the holiday period. Let's hope that this might be a bit of a wake-up call! Who knows?

  • Erna - 2012-06-28 10:00

    They've left the warehouse but have they reached the schools? I'll wait for the answer to that before commenting.

  • vincent84AD - 2012-06-28 10:02

    And now they are orginising Beyonce with our tax money..R17mill without any sponsor while our education systm is failing us

      Gerald - 2012-06-28 10:15

      maybe Beyonce will be the new Education Minister, a darn sight prettier

  • johleneh - 2012-06-28 10:06

    May we know why these other text books were being destroyed? Surely that is something that should be explained! Even if they were in bad condition they could have been donated or recycled this is so stupid & ridiculous.

  • riette.nothling - 2012-06-28 10:07

    it's not unfortunate that the pupils didn't have books for the first half of the year, it's unacceptable! And meeting a deadline in June for books that had to be at the schools in January is also unacceptable. Today's problems in this country is because of poor education systems, yet the government is not solving the problem, they are making it worse! There is money available to change names of towns and places, but not to pay the suppliers of school books? No wonder it's such a chaotic mess!

  • Mogale - 2012-06-28 10:08

    i think if the dep of Education strongly believe they outdone themselves they should be ashamed, rather for them to starts the school academic year in JUNE if dats the case. ?PISSED?

  • paulgerber969 - 2012-06-28 10:12

    all text books delivered where too? Rubbish Dump. Too say that the Warehouse is empty doesn't imply that all text books were delivered to the schools

  • David - 2012-06-28 10:36

    Patrice Motshepe was at the Presidents gala dinner table. How did he he get into his money? The same goes for Tokyo Sexwale.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-28 11:02

    They left the warehouse, we just don't know where they went. We don't care either.

      Tommo - 2012-06-28 11:36

      I care! In fact I'm very pissed off about it and the fact that the minister takes no responsibilty.

  • Tommo - 2012-06-28 11:31

    In psychiatry we call this delusional behaviour. Unrelated to reality

  • Joseph - 2012-06-28 15:29

    If the president cared about the education of South Africans (for black kids in particular), the minister of education was suppose to be fired, strpped off her ANC membership and then thrown in jail for life. But, as normal, it is her right not to do what she is paid for. Amazing!!! Up to date, the minister of education has failed to explain why this mess happened. She has no reason to blame the Limpopo provincial government because the province is not under the provincial officials/politicians. Afterall, Eastern Cape had the same problem. This is how blacks are treated by their fellow politicians.

  • Lennon Chenga - 2012-06-28 22:23

    I guess it's a good thing that the ANCYL and the ANC are not getting along, cause unless I'm wrong it was the ANCYL that came with a silly comment about wanting all students in Limpopo to be given a free pass. We need more black Africans with inside info to come up and expose useless ministers that are bringing the rest down till we have the right people in these positions!! We haven't started trusting the DA yet but they have done more good than harm!! To our war heroes, thank u!! U played yr part but can we give u a pay out and u assign people that can actually lead with accountability and no hidden agendas!! Please, let's have the SA that u fought for!!

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