Most textbooks delivered - dept

2012-06-28 16:17

Johannesburg - About 99% of textbooks have been delivered to Grade 10 pupils in Limpopo, and all textbooks to Grades 1, 2 and 3, the basic education department said on Thursday.

Spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said claims that some schools were still waiting for books were a source of concern.

He was speaking at a news briefing in Johannesburg by the department and civil rights body Section 27, which took the department to court over the non-delivery of textbooks to Limpopo schools.

"Both the department... and Section 27 are concerned about reports that books may not have reached all schools," Lesufi said.

"We want to encourage anyone with information... to report shortages of textbooks, so that this can be investigated and corrected where necessary."

In May, the North Gauteng High Court ordered the department to provide Limpopo schools with textbooks by June 15, saying its failure to deliver violated the Constitution.

Section 27, which brought the application, met the department after the first deadline expired, and it was agreed it would be moved to June 27.

The SA Principals' Association said not all schools in Limpopo had received textbooks by Thursday, despite the department's claim it had met the second deadline.

"What do they [education department] mean they met their deadline? Even if one school didn't receive textbooks it is one too many," the association's deputy president, Ngoako Rapaledi, said.

"They can't say that they met their deadline. I am on my way to a school where they have to still deliver textbooks."

  • mossie.geldenhuys - 2012-06-28 16:21

    Thanks to the DA!!

      Henri - 2012-06-28 16:30

      Hibo wena, who wants to work so hard, we need to have a marge and congress for this, we must talk about the shortfall.

      mossie.geldenhuys - 2012-06-28 16:35

      We must set up a committee and then file a report....

      Henri - 2012-06-28 16:40

      we are fighting this virus, our revolution will not adhere to these false allegations, we must vote for economical freedom !!!!

      kayley.segal - 2012-06-28 16:42

      99% delivered? Didn't they say that 2 weeks ago?? Only to issue a corrected story later, and an "apology", of course.

      Revelgen - 2012-06-28 16:56

      Wow, this is some going even for the ANC! Due in January, finally 99% (not all) delivered in June. And only due to DA intervention. But then what would you expect from an organisation that can't even start its own conferences on time? Truly, it is time for political change, especially for the sake of the poor in SA. The gravy train has now rolled on far enough.

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-06-29 07:36

      vote DA & get 100% of your textbooks for 100% of the year

  • E=MC2 - 2012-06-28 16:22

    its the word "about" in front of the 99% that makes me think they're talking crap...

      Henri - 2012-06-28 16:41

      no, if you think we are talking crap, u yes u, bloody agents must bring the toilet paper so we can whipe it off our mouths !!!

      marcelle.joubertdurandt - 2012-06-28 16:50

      Yip, you are so right E=MC2 .... The word "about" .... Mmmmmmmm, easiest way for them to try & throw us off the scent ...... I also DO NOT BELIEVE IT.

      Clive - 2012-06-28 21:01

      Seems to me, Zoolie, that you find it acceptable for our schoolchildren to go six months without textbooks. Perhaps some so-called "bloody agents" are needed in the education departments to sort things out.

      E=MC2 - 2012-06-29 08:24

      Zoolie, im trying to figure out if you're being sarcastic, or a troll...

  • Hermann - 2012-06-28 16:25

    Most is not good enough. All is good enough. ANC failure again and bonuses on the cards for most.

  • tuco.angeleyes - 2012-06-28 16:28

    yeeeah, only 6 months too late yeeeeeah!!! our education dept is run by retards.

  • ndlovuyvonne - 2012-06-28 16:31

    well done DA!

  • scouter.fourone - 2012-06-28 16:34

    I bet you 'about 99%' changes considerably once a proper audit has been conducted. This report was so late that it hasn't been checked properly yet. So only the Department's word to go on here ....... I'm sure they wouldn't stoop so low as to be blatantly economical with the truth, or would they???

  • Gareth - 2012-06-28 16:43

    Excellent! Just in time for the new ye... oh wait!

  • Stille - 2012-06-28 16:46

    One does not simply deliver textbooks in limpopo....

  • scouter.fourone - 2012-06-28 16:51

    "We want to encourage anyone with information... to report shortages of textbooks, so that this can be investigated and corrected where necessary." In other words, we are not really sure who we have delivered to and what exactly. Clowns....

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-06-28 16:52

    So they want a Noddy badge for this? It was only after a hullabaloo was raised,that they eventually lifted their under exersized rears and did something!

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-28 16:54

    Lies. All lies ANC. You need to appologise to the children of this country.

  • brent.goldwyer - 2012-06-28 16:55

    Whoopidoo Its July you retarded politicians, school started in January.

  • bradleybrits - 2012-06-28 17:04

    What worries me most about this situation is it seems almost as if they're boasting at times about delivering textbooks to all schools now but they reality is these books were due 6 months ago already. These poor students have lost an entire year of school. The matrics are writing prelim exams in the next month or so.. The planning for books in june should be for the books they're delivering by december 2013.

  • James - 2012-06-28 17:17

    It's good to know how hard the government is working to educate our children!

  • Frank - 2012-06-28 17:53

    Shows you how complacent we have become. In most other countries (not African), a scandal of this magnitude would topple the government. In good old SA we accept this as just another ANC blunder. The cadres are almost excused because they are so lazy and indifferent, or just do not have the expertise to manage anything of this insignificant magnitude. One wonders where this would have ended if the DA and other organisations did not put pressure on these people to stop partying and do some crisis management for an hour or two. Viva ANC viva! Viva Lazy, Stupid Comrades, Viva.

  • eradingoana - 2012-06-28 18:07

    This Motshekga had been refusing DA's offer and trying to gamble with the kids'future. If you have been defeated nothing can bring the win except trying again next time. Children had to suffer because someone was feeling ashamed that the DA would score some points. Ashamed at the expense of the kids? That is what a Minister(not an MEC) thought of. Shame!

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-06-29 07:35

    promote Motshekga, she does 50% of her job 99% of the time, its no wonder she only expects students to get 30% pass they can only study for 50% of the year.

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