Education worries in Limpopo - Sadtu

2012-01-11 21:45

Pretoria - The SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) and the Democratic Alliance expressed concern on Wednesday about the Limpopo education department's ability to supply textbooks before schools open next week.

Sadtu was concerned that textbooks for the grades affected by the basic education department's implementation of its curriculum and assessment policy statements (Caps) would not be delivered on time, said Limpopo regional chairperson Ronald Moroatshehla.

"We don't have a crisis with text books for the subjects not affected by Caps, but we are worried about the grades affected by Caps," he said.

Grades 1, 2, 3 and 10 are required to have new textbooks.

Moroatshehla said Sadtu would discuss the matter with education officials on Thursday.

He said Sadtu was also concerned that funds had not yet reached schools for their day to day operations and for the providers of school nutrition programmes.

The Mail&Guardian reported last year that Limpopo has more than 1.7 million pupils in about 4 000 public schools.

Limpopo education department spokesperson Pat Kgomo reportedly said the delay in ordering books was a result of the department being placed under administration in early December.

In a statement on Wednesday, Democratic Alliance provincial leader Desiree van der Walt said there was still no clear indication of whether pupils would get textbooks on time "because of the financial woes faced by the department of education".

National education spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said the department expected a "minimum of disruptions" in supplying Caps materials.

He said Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga visited the province on Tuesday to address the issues faced by the provincial department.

These included learning and teaching support material.

"The problem is cashflow. Publishers need assurances that they will be paid," he said, adding that the department was working with the National Treasury to reach a solution.

  • Twain - 2012-01-11 16:10

    So those books they really need (for CAPS), they don't have, and those they don't need, they have. Good job!

      Squeegee - 2012-01-11 16:29

      Give Juju the tender. Oops, forgot, he already has it, thus no textbooks.

  • Johnson - 2012-01-11 22:19

    Funny how the Province with the Loud Mouth is the first province to be under administration - Nationalize everything, Politicians Limpopo will show you how not to run a country - Republic of Anzania - limpopo

  • lynne.szlovak - 2012-01-11 22:49

    Isn't it amazing how pre 1994 education was a given, something each child had to apply him or herself to. These days its more important to destroy their schools and books then toyi toyi as they cry foul because of the legacy of aparteid. What mentality straight out of Darwin.

  • TrueBlue - 2012-01-12 05:24

    Just imagine that there are people in the Tripartite Alliance who want to do away with the provinces and rule the whole country from one centralised office. Through the ANC's cadre deployment policy and race-based selection criteria, it has proven that it can't run villages, towns, cities or provinces. How can they believe that they can do it from a centralised point. The mind boggles. This proves that they have no interest in the People, but in their own pockets.

  • TheWatcher - 2012-01-12 09:23

    This is what happens when you get the job because of colour not ability. Before the PC gang jumps on me I couldn't care less what colour/religion/sex you are as long as you do the job properly. This is a critique on the government affirmative action policy which has been a complete and utter failure. It is not a stab at any ethnic group.

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