Education dept wants review of ruling

2012-05-29 10:54

Johannesburg - The department of higher education plans to ask the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to review its decision to compel the department to deliver monthly status reports on its turnaround strategy in Limpopo, as it could set a worrying precedent, Business Day reported on Tuesday.

The concern was that having a government department report to a non-governmental organisation on its policy decisions could be problematic in the long term as oversight was already being provided by Parliament.

Judge Jody Kollapen ruled earlier in May that the department's failure to provide textbooks was unlawful. He ordered that textbooks be delivered by June 15, and a catch up plan be lodged with the court.

He also ordered that monthly status reports on the catch-up plan be made available to the court and the applicants - represented by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies - to measure compliance.

Education spokesperson Panyazi Lesufi said the department had no intention of challenging the order that textbooks be delivered and a catch up plan be implemented.

He said the department was "on course" to meet deadlines, saying deliveries of textbooks to affected schools had already begun and more than R250m in orders had been placed with publishers.

  • dianne.b.hartley - 2012-05-29 11:05

    Geez, when a court tells the dept of education to supply text books to students (almost half way through the year) there is definately something broken in DoE! One would think that this is a necessity no a dam privilege!

      eric.vanvuuren - 2012-05-29 11:25

      hahahahahahahA!!! What about the eastern cape, another shining anc strong hold.

      eric.vanvuuren - 2012-05-29 11:30

      O ja... the anc is directly to blame for the state of the country. Not some bogus excuse for a weakling argument like the remnants of some distant past. I.e. the new card The fact of the matter is; there is no excuse for anc behaviour.

  • Jeffrey - 2012-05-29 11:11

    "oversight was already being provided by Parliament." You've got to be bloody joking, parliament is just a rubber stamp for what the executive says. Parliament is a "ja baas" collection of ANC cadres.

  • Mark - 2012-05-29 11:15

    Why are they attempting to get the decision overturned? They obviously haven't been doing their job by not supplying and parliament just as obviously hasn't been providing oversight as they should be doing. It thus makes good sense for a court to order them to provide status reports, especially when one sees how incompetent they have been thus far. Is there a reason why the ANC, it's governmental departments and supporters refuse to do things properly or am I being racist? In any organisation, or on any project where money is being spent, or deadlines are to be met, progress reports are necessary, even imperative, to accurately gauge progress and status - why not in government?

  • meshvic - 2012-05-29 11:28

    Clearly that oversight did not work hence the current situation - and shouldn't they be buying more books with the money they're spending on legal costs? The judge should have instead ordered them to give weekly reports!

  • Kuno - 2012-05-29 11:38

    He said the department was "on course" to meet deadlines, saying deliveries of textbooks to affected schools had already begun and more than R250m in orders had been placed with publishers. It is nearly mid-year... deliveries are "on course", orders have been placed - placed for next year or what? I wonder how these people sleep at night knowing they destroy the future of so many. A total disgrace.

  • pjcbs - 2012-05-29 11:43

    So it seems that the education department does not want to do some homework. Who cares about the oversight commitee since they are anyway not doing their job? The education department must stop messing with the future of our children. No wonder our kids are doing so pathetically at school and after school. They are tought that it is acceptable to achieve 30%. Why does the country accept this mediocracy? It dumbfounding that the people of Limpopo province are still supporting a government that neglects the future of their children. Countries like Botswana are just laughing at us and our stupidity in absolute disbelief. If they can achieve so much, why can't we as a nation?

  • James - 2012-05-29 12:07

    The only reason they don't want to be compelled to provide monthly status reports is because they don't actually intend on doing anything!

  • Nigel - 2012-05-29 12:08

    You can only laugh or cry. I'll LMAO.

  • Clive - 2012-05-29 12:13

    In other words, the dept doesn't want us to know that its "turnaround strategy" will move at a snail's pace (like most other things involving the so-called civil service) or not at all. For goodness sake, the dept is only being asked to prove that is is doing what it's there to do in the first place. When will Angie admit that her dept is a mess, like public works and land affairs, as admitted by the respective ministers?

  • Dee - 2012-05-29 12:22

    Odd..... In crisis intervention, monthly reporting is WAY TOO INFREQUENT!

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-29 12:43

    We must not forget that some of the schools in this province consist of a few trees under which they teach the kids.

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