No teachers, books at Limpopo school

2012-07-16 14:42

Polokwane - The third school quarter was a non-starter for Luthuli Primary in Seshego township near Polokwane due to a lack of teachers, school furniture, and textbooks on Monday.

Parents said they did not see the need to send their children to a school running short of much-needed requirements, such as textbooks and teachers.

The public school also had a R500 000 electricity bill, with the school governing body accusing the education department of failing to remedy the situation.

Pupils were lingering in the streets, some standing in the bus station waiting for their daily transport, as the school gates were locked.

Departmental intervention

The SGB is now appealing to the department to intervene to ensure schooling begins.

SGB chairperson Clifford Mohloana said the children would not be returning to the school until the department intervened.

"We are not going to take our children to school, it's useless; there are no teachers, no books, no classrooms," said Mohloana.

Even if children were sent to school it would be a waste of time because there were no teachers.

"Even if we are to say they must go to school, there are no materials or teachers who will make sure that [the] education of our children continues."

‘Lessons under trees’

Children were being subjected to sub-standard teaching and the plea to have the department intervene fell on deaf ears, he said.

"They said we are cry-babies because there are some schools conducting lessons under trees; we must continue without enough class [rooms] and teachers, [but] that’s why we withdrew our children," added Mohloana.

On the school premises, locked gates and playing pupils were clear signs that no schooling was taking place.

One pupil said they were told to go home and their parents would be informed of the right time to return to school.

The disruptions came amid a textbooks crisis in the province.

Provincial education spokesperson Pat Kgomo said the allegations of the Luthuli Primary school closure was being investigated.

  • altusvanzyl - 2012-07-16 14:47

    Ja nee kyk dit is nou wat gebeur as daar nie orde is nie

      Bryan - 2012-07-16 15:12

      Wow... definitely no surprises here!!!

      E=MC2 - 2012-07-16 15:19

      poliodonkey - is that the best you can come up with? There just are no pills for stupid.

      Kala - 2012-07-16 15:20

      More proof the the ANC don't give a damn about education or the basic needs of the people. The province has been milked dry and the politicians are looking for new pastures.

      frank.vankaapstad - 2012-07-16 15:29

      Instead of trying to provide the future generations with education so that one day they can help themselves out of poverty, "our" Government spends its time instilling a sense of entitlement and free handouts in all underprivileged communities with affirmative action policies. Had the ANC put as much effort into education as it does figuring out how to steal money from those that have it since 1994, there may actually be an entire generation of perfectly capable "previously disadvantaged" young people right now with a real chance at being economically free. Now we sit with yet another wasted generation that will be reliant on handouts and crime to survive. And what does the ANCYL say about it? Give all the students a that will make them educated, employable and self sustaining. Affirmative action is going to destroy this country, yet it remains the ANC's solution to poverty. You can only milk a cow for so long, eventually it runs out of milk.

      ettienec1 - 2012-07-16 16:14

      Wat presies doen jy om te help polony? Huh? Swaai beledingings rond op die internet? Wow... Jy is n sterk man ne... pfft. Wat n grap van n mens. Anyways. I feel for those kids in the long run, but atleast they dont have to worry about passing, they will all be given this one I guess... Come to Uni and they start hitting problems because of the gap that was left because of this. Well done ANC!!! You rock! You deserve some sort of Idiot Creation Award!

  • henri.lombard - 2012-07-16 14:51

    and the blame is still be shifted towards those who needs help.

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-16 14:52

    Limpopo must be the worst run province IN AFRICA!!! Aren't the ANCYL quite involved there?

      joseph.brooks.50309 - 2012-07-16 15:16

      where ever they're involve it will look like this

      Squeegee - 2012-07-16 15:17

      You mean in Zimbabwe.

  • 6Lady6Cadaver6 - 2012-07-16 14:52

    Poor children. It makes me so sad to see so many kids having to suffer like this. Sad thing is alot of these kids actually really do want to learn and are being deprived of this opportunity :-(

      123sdp - 2012-07-16 15:17

      Why would the countries uneducated learder care about education. Today you just need to be someone importants cousin. How sad and pathetic. When do we start playing the Zim dress up game?

      ahenriquesfernandes - 2012-07-16 15:17

      It is very sad for the children, but the effects will be far felt. Who will support these kids when they can't get a job? Who will become a victim of crime when they have no other options?

  • njdejager - 2012-07-16 14:53

    Education has become a lost case and our Education minister is not helping one bit. Every interview she claims she is busy addressing and investigating but thats how its going to carry on. Solutions are never implimented, they just spend years looking for the solutions until the next minister is deployed. Sad state of affairs

      Hermann - 2012-07-16 15:00

      They are experts at "addressing problems" with flowery language. The only thing they can do successfully is to change names as the reconciliation tactic.

      TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-07-16 15:03

      all talk and no walk. pathetic. costing us dearly.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-07-16 15:11

      Johan, you should know by now it's a "process", can't imagine how bad things were prior to 1994, I mean things have only got better in the last 18 years haven't they.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-07-16 16:20

      I was being sarcastic.

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-07-16 16:49

      Bob, it daznt matter, those thums down are being sarcastic as well. The blow to the jagular of your folks has been done you are not gonna be forgiven, so grow up n move on

      Clive - 2012-07-16 18:28

      @Mphozana, Johan is right, and you know it. He seems more concerned about black kids' education than you do. This govt has come up with so many plans over the last 18 years, but how many of them have actually got off the ground and, more to the point, how many are still running successfully?

  • Hermann - 2012-07-16 14:57

    Hello Apartheid you evil monster, now we have Bantu Education by Bantu Governance. Are you now happy South Africa?

      Poloyatonki - 2012-07-16 15:15

      Pathetic comment.

      Hermann - 2012-07-16 15:31

      Poor Polly, you want a cracker?

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-07-16 16:40

      Sure we are. Now go back to your pipe, you just had a bad dream, verwoed was chasing you with a knobkirrie.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-16 17:12

      Bantu education was designed to be substandard by the apartheid government. Even so, bantu education was a helluva lot better than it is in Limpopo thanks to the incompetence of the ANC. They should really be ashamed of themselves, they are really making their names gat

      sharon.a.marks.9 - 2012-07-16 17:22

      polly = droll in die drinkwater

      Clive - 2012-07-16 18:31

      Polio, are you saying that education for the majority of black children has improved since 1994? Surely you can't believe that? Try and get hold of the Financial Mail of 13 July, and read the Editor's comment.

  • Barefoot - 2012-07-16 14:58

    Wow under government's administration, nothing ever gets done the minister: \it's not my fault\ no sense of accountability in this country, once you get your top job you can't be fired due to poor performance or lack of performance.

  • Lize Bryssau - 2012-07-16 14:58

    this breaks my heart!!! is there no way we can send a convoy of volunteers to at least help these kids! i will be the first in line, surely if we rally together we can reach a few of these schools and help out instead of playing the blaming game. one book just one book in the hands of a good teacher can make the world of a difference!! please if there is anyone out there who hears my plea help me realize it!!!

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-07-16 14:59

    I suppose this is "apartheids" fault? Education does not seem to have a priority with this government!

  • Bob - 2012-07-16 15:00

    ANC, why don't you just openly admit that you are totally incompetent! It is plain to see by anyone with half a brain that you do not know what the hell you are doing!

      Poloyatonki - 2012-07-16 15:21

      Bob... You know that ANC gov is the only proper gov we have ever had in SA, so by saying incompetence, one wonders which gov did you compare it to?

      gary.williams.7186896 - 2012-07-16 15:27

      Poliodonkey - Shut up now and go tidy your shack you complete idiot!

      Erna - 2012-07-16 15:34

      @Poloyatonki Pathetic comment. (You don't need to compare incompetence to recognise it.)

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-07-16 16:34

      You are all just frustrated, get over it n accept it, anc is here replaced the evil you called government, we voting nobody else but the anc, complain n critisise all u can, but thats the only thing ull ever do, finish, you complained from the day de clerk announced he was unbanning the anc, u still doing n ull continue doing it until u die of frustration.

      Clive - 2012-07-16 18:35

      @Polio, see my comment above, and while you are reading the Financial Mail, read the editorial "Representative but not accountable" on our election system before you talk about "proper" govt.

  • ken.rowe.509 - 2012-07-16 15:00

    You can delete my comment, but you cant hide the truth.

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-07-16 16:26

      If u insist on calling that the truth, then i desparately want to see what is.

  • Abram - 2012-07-16 15:02

    i think motshega should do a wright thing and quit,i mean she is aware of the education problems facing this province.she should have wake up early this morning get into her merc drive to limpopo even if it means sleeping in the shack,just to make sure all the schools r up and running there ag man i am tired of this incompetent ministers and their mec's

  • Henk - 2012-07-16 15:04

    THE ANC are not to blame for this whole fiasco. The Limpopo voters are to blame for this. NOBODY ELSE!!!

      ken.grimblegrumble - 2012-07-16 15:40

      The blame lays 100% with the childrens relatives. Someone on this page suggested that volunteers assist. That is totally wrong they need no assistance the power to obtain a good education is in the parents hands. They have requested help from the ANC and they have their answer.

  • TheRealWitblitz - 2012-07-16 15:07

    That's right folks, keep voting for your beloved ANC.

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-07-16 16:19

      Thank you for the motivation, we will not fail, i promise you.

  • joe.peters.56 - 2012-07-16 15:11

    I am so glad Madiba has dementia; otherwise he would have died of depression and disappointment a long time ago

      Raai.wie - 2012-07-16 16:55

      Soon it will happen and then we can close that chapter.

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-07-16 15:12

    I did my entire secondary school under the tree, and without textbooks. Only teachers had the textbooks. The problem here is also with the SGB, Teachers, and pupils. You can study when you want to, irrespective of the challenges!!!

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-07-16 16:17

      So becouse u did your entire education under a tree, our kids must do the same? Got your point heh

  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-07-16 15:13

    The cANCer strikes again. It is my hope that these useless a**holes are voted out sooner rather than later. Excuse me, just going to throw up.

  • smiso.mkhonza.9 - 2012-07-16 15:13

    At end future is no for teachers or government , limpopo pupil must also stand up to sit and blame somebody doesn't help the situation.from january until now what did parents do ?

      jeffrey.mnisi - 2012-07-16 16:22

      they have been told that they are crying babies can't you read English.

  • cyanideandhappiness - 2012-07-16 15:17

    I'm serious! Heads must roll for this, who is accountable?! God damn stupidly useless racist government!!! Selfless struggle my ass...

  • E=MC2 - 2012-07-16 15:19

    VIVA ANC, VIVA! You're stuffing up the country yet still convince your supporters to vote for you... good on you!

  • charles.gregory.7906 - 2012-07-16 15:23

    Anc is opressing the masses lol

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-07-16 15:24

    This is all thanks to one Nelson Mandela who will be celebrated in less than 48 hours from today and one Kadar Asmal for bringing this shame to African children. To this day I still fail to understand why did this ANC lead government do away with Missionaries and their schools who were doing excellent work! Even the apartheid government with their hatred on us allowed them to operate without any hinderence! In fact the likes of Mandela, most of the leading brains in this country and even our Education Minister are a product of missionary schools! Why today they are not good enough for our children is really mind boggling!

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-16 15:50

      I think u are just being paranoid and ridiculous to even compare apartheid education with today's. Mandela and his likes have nothing whatsover to do with incompetence of the current leadership. You mixing disparate issues, incompetence vs quality of education. If you feel apartheid offered better education, i can only feel pity for u.

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-07-16 16:03

      Azande, ure right, the latter misses the point here, comparing evil n good n say evil was better, it just boggles the mnd, apartheid never delivered any textbooks, we had to buy them ourselves, mandela has nothing to do with the incompetence of this current administration, if the education we received from apartheid was so good, why was in separated based on racial oriantation? Everybody is condemning apartheid its only this individual who misses it, shame on her.

      lwazi.sibiya.10 - 2012-07-16 16:14

      @phumi,SA cannot have missionary schools only good as they were/are, this is clear incompetency on the dept s side. I agree Mandela and Asmal messed up by not highly prioritising education, Pandor made it worse with OBE, Angie eish disaster

      don.quioxte.3 - 2012-07-16 16:27

      please not missionaries. They fall in the same category as goats and estate agents.

      Rodney - 2012-07-16 18:59

      Any education is surely better no education? I don't think anyone is trying to say the education for black people under apartheid was the best, that would be stupid, but it was definitely better than what is happening up north right now. But hey, guess who voted the ANC in up there, you get what you voted for, total incompetence, corruption, fraud, nepotism etc. Enjoy the fruits of your labour.

      Gerrit - 2012-07-16 19:07

      @ Azande & Mphozana you guys are missing the point. Phumi never said anything about apartheid education being better, no one (who is rational and knows the history of this land) can deny that apartheid education was unfair(in fact it was criminal to say the least). The point of this article (which is also undeniable given the evidence) is that we have a failing education system, that the inequality in education outcomes between black and white South Africans have remained largely unchanged since apartheid.

  • Phelisa - 2012-07-16 15:27

    mxm I giv up mna ngwk

  • smiso.mkhonza.9 - 2012-07-16 15:30

    Provincial education to investigate and investigate and investigate and investigate and investigate till december or june 2013

  • Erna - 2012-07-16 15:32

    And our minister of education seriously thinks she deserves an 8/10 for performance!!

      butch.poulter - 2012-07-16 15:40

      A whole generation of morons. Where is the anc going to get their tax money in years to come.

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-07-16 15:35

    This is really embarassing especially in light of the fact that the DA offered trucks and manpower to effect book deliveries . That being said all the criticism from the DA is this regard is more than justified .

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-07-16 16:12

      You dont know what you talking about.

      Nyiks11 - 2012-07-16 16:21

      Believe me Fredmanfred I know exactly what I'm talking about . There's none so blind as those who will not see , that's you .

      Nyiks11 - 2012-07-16 17:09

      But Mphozana would they have accepted if the trucks were offered by say SACP , leased from DONGFENG TRUCKS in China ?

  • Erna - 2012-07-16 15:39

    "Professor Metcalfe's report shows that on 27th June, only 15 percent of books had been delivered to schools. By July 3 this had increased to 48 percent. According to the report, by July 11, 22 percent of the sample schools were still awaiting textbooks," Heywood said. On Timeslive's website - doesn't that say it all!!

  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-07-16 15:40

    Zuma en sy gevolg is so vrot hulle stink al.Slegte Zuma.Geen ander naam pas hom nie.

  • mokgadi.mathekga.9 - 2012-07-16 15:43

    this is sick, but my question this only happening in Limpopo or is limpopo the one province that the media is focusing on? And the sad part is the ANC's biggest support is in Limpopo.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-16 18:33

      Mokgadi, from what I understand it is not isolated to Limpopo, but because Limpopo has been under the spotlight with other issues, the scrutiny continues...

  • simon.brewer.35 - 2012-07-16 15:46

    This is absolutely criminal - lets see the voters grow a pair and vote these useless people out of office. It is pointless not voting as the same people will just get back in, there is no accountability. Any other party seems a better deal than the one in power now. Its is absolutely mindless to accept this sort of governence.

  • danie.smit.587 - 2012-07-16 15:48

    WC expect another group of educational refugees, leeving their home and familiy to obtain a quality education in SA , Is it needed because their parents vote ANC?

  • fanie.essgee - 2012-07-16 15:49

    Yip and the fat politicians and administrators are getting fatter and fatter and have long since forgotten about all the promises made, you shame yourself......

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-16 15:51

    Why would they care about something so trivial? They got someone in the AU now...let's get this party started!!!

  • chris.khanye - 2012-07-16 15:51

    Politics at play here - Zuma vs Malema. This province is becoming ungovernable. And it's like some have adopted the slogan: Education after Zuma removal!

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-07-16 15:52

    Well I'm sorry but I dont feel sorry for them. If they wanna keep voting ANC well this is what they are gonna land up with. Its time you ANC voters catch a wake up and start choosing a better party. Your children are never gonna have a proper education the way this ANC government is run. They will rather put the money into there back pocket and live in luxury. So unless your willing to stand up on your own two feet and choose another party for better education then do it. If you keep voting for them, well please dont complain and cry about it.

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-07-16 16:07

      Can you suggest any other better party?

      gerald.parker.9847 - 2012-07-16 17:37

      Manfred Any other party even Pniky and The Brain would bo better than the ANC

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-07-16 15:56

    The question I would like to ask the headmasters of these schools is where are the old textbooks from the previous years ? When I was in high school , a prerequisite for getting textbooks for the new grade was one had to hand in textbooks from the old grade. Can they not employ this system instead of ordering new books every year ?

  • Nick - 2012-07-16 15:57

    Where is LeadSA in this, Teri Volkwyn ( or however you spell her name) and Yousuf Abramjee. Lots of noise on other issues like school initiations etc but when the really big one crops up they are nowhere to be seen or heard. Would this be because this is a political issue and you don't want to be seen making too much noise. Teri/Yousuf this has got to be the most shocking and most failing act the ANC have committed since 1994 so now lets see what LEADSA under you guidance and leadership can do. Pull out all the stops and don't worry for the consequences or political fall out. In addition, focus on things like this instead of minor non events.

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