PE schools in dire need of services - LRC

2012-06-27 09:05

Johannesburg - Port Elizabeth schools are facing numerous problems because Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga and the Eastern Cape education department failed to protect children’s rights to basic education, the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) said on Tuesday.

"LRC has written to Motshekga, demanding an undertaking to make payments for school nutrition programmes and to deliver the workbooks still missing at three public schools in Port Elizabeth," it said.

The LRC was acting on behalf of the school governing bodies of Triomf Primary School, Bethelsdorp Road Primary School and Booysen Park Primary School, and the Bethelsdorp governing bodies unit which represents the interests of approximately 35 schools in the Port Elizabeth area.

In a letter written to Motshekga on June 25 by LRC director in Grahamstown, Sarah Sephton, the schools urgently requested payments for school nutrition programmes and delivery of the outstanding workbooks.

Sephton said the non-delivery of workbooks constituted a breach of the children’s right to education and their right to equality as enshrined in the Constitution.

"The department of basic education bears responsibility for the production and dissemination of the workbooks and our clients request immediate action from your department to rectify the situation."

She said the impact of not having workbooks was severe and very little or no learning was taking place by children with no workbooks.

“It is appalling that the second term has ended and many schools never received all its workbooks from the first delivery, which are supposed to be covering material from the first and second term," she said.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-06-27 09:27

    Well this is what happens when you have a president who wont take charge of his cabinet. He leaves them to do exactly as they please. When they get caught out, they lie and become arrogant. Voting is around the corner, pressie has made big promises, better schools, services, jobs, better education, lots of freebie, this is only on condition that you vote for him.

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-06-27 09:52

    Winifred as you mentioned, voting is around the corner - wanna bet who they're gonna vote for. As is happening in Limpawpaw the 'All Girls Club' aka DA will have to salvage what is left. Watch this space -' More EC scholars moving to WC'

  • al.scar1 - 2012-06-27 09:59

    Strange that big companies like Coca Cola can sponsor thousands of rands to the top schools but not help where its really needed!!

  • Ntuthuko M Simelane - 2012-06-27 10:29

    and when is this lady being fired?

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-06-27 11:08

    Like has been said before, the president will only spend money on the zulus who vote for him. They will benefit the most. This is what is called tribialism. So, know that if you were not born a zulu you are going to be out in the cold. They are going to pick one fruit at a time. Starting already on the white people, then the indians, then the coloured, then they will take on the various black tribes. This will result in the dog eat dog. The video is already set up and has started running.

  • Lynn Kolesky - 2012-06-27 11:32

    As a PE teacher, i think it's about time somebody noticed the disarray! my school received the books for the first and second term (near the end of the second term!!), but in the wrong language! All our books were First language Xhosa. We were told to send them back... we did, and have heard nothing since. Yet, when we had to go for school based assessment to see if we were on the right track in the new CAPS curriculum, we were marked down for not using the books! It is shocking!! someone needs to do something, and fast! (let's not mention the fact that temp teachers have not been paid at all this year!!!)

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