Some schools still without textbooks

2012-10-30 22:42

Johannesburg - Some schools in the Limpopo province were still without their textbooks, lobby group Section27 said on Tuesday.

"While we acknowledge that more than one million textbooks have been delivered to Limpopo schools, as a result of the efforts of the department of basic education (DBE), some textbooks have still not been delivered," Section27 said in a statement.

Following a court application, brought by the lobby group in May, and a subsequent application in September, the DBE filed an affidavit on 17 October, stating all textbooks had been delivered.

Following up with schools across the province, Section27 said it had found some schools that still remained without their full complement of textbooks.

"At least three primary schools are still awaiting textbooks for Numeracy and Life Skills for learners in Grades 1 - 3.

In addition, Esther Maleka Secondary School is still awaiting textbooks for Grade 10 Mathematics and Physical Science," it said.

"While we have only been in contact with a small number of schools, we fear there may still be many schools which have not received complete delivery of textbooks for 2012."

Section27 said it was mindful that the school year was almost over and most pupils had commenced their end-of-year examinations.

"We do not believe that the interests of the learners in Limpopo would be served by a third court application to compel textbook delivery in 2012," it said.

"Instead, we will focus on ensuring the timeous delivery for 2013."

The deadline for delivery of textbooks is 15 December 2013.

Spokesperson for the DBE, Hope Mokgatlhe, said the department was not aware of Section27's latest claims.

"We have a hotline set up and a website and we have not received a single complaint," Mokgatlhe said.

"The most useful thing Section27 could do is to contact us if they find out some textbooks haven't been delivered.

"It's not helping anyone by going to the media first and not sending us the reports so that we can follow them up."

  • lsfreak - 2012-10-30 23:04

    Why they worried next years ones are already on order ;) Whether or not they get delivered is another story altogether :?

  • lulu.shezi - 2012-10-30 23:06

    bullsh*t man nxa

  • lungile.manjiya - 2012-10-30 23:21

    The dept.of basic education is a big joke,its about time that people realize that this country is in the hands of incapable people including their president..the guy could not care less about the masses,so people keep on voting them into power

      Samuel - 2012-10-31 06:52

      But lungile y do we keep voting them? In developed countries if don't deliver as head of state, masses change you through ballot. This notion that there is no party that we can vote rather than anc is B...S. What I can tell u is that these people are complacent bcoz we r cheap nation with food parcel being donated just before elections.

  • art5SA - 2012-10-30 23:21

    All I can add is: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!! "Competence"...not a word found in the ANC Freedom Charter....

  • dane.oreily - 2012-10-31 01:01

    "Instead, we will focus on ensuring the timeous delivery for 2013." The deadline for delivery of textbooks is 15 December 2013. wtf News24? ... Who proof reads these articles on the night shift? ... Just saying...

      mariuskowie - 2012-10-31 06:40

      Have you considered the possibility that the reported date could actually be correct?

      Andrea - 2012-10-31 08:08

      Oh don't worry, plenty spelling errors, must be recently matriculated under Angie's watch.

      MallyGold - 2012-10-31 08:17

      Dane, I don't think the department of basic education is in line to even make the reported (mistaken) deadline for delivery of textbooks by 15 December 2013. I know it’s laughable, but what has changed to ensure certainty of delivery ... nothing has been improved.

      marius.vanwyk.5621 - 2012-10-31 10:26

      Yeah, keep in mind. Higher Education minister want to re-write history. Might take a while to print the NEW history books and get them out there.

  • osama.pascal - 2012-10-31 04:36

    And we are told we should not be an angry nation. How possible?

  • dbo.kacebisa - 2012-10-31 05:01

    December 15...2013nogal...learners in Limpopo are in trouble. Section27 please help.

  • digger.dighead - 2012-10-31 05:10

    It's not their fault's because of appartheid and agents working against them!!

  • tshepo.batista - 2012-10-31 06:11

    At dis tym of de yr y vele nilimaza ikusasa leyingane y govermnt Mxm

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-10-31 06:13

    ZOOOMA HOW LONG DOES IT TAKES U TO FIRE THE INEPTITUDES may is just because u are one of them?

  • fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-10-31 06:14

    Big surprise This also implies that the 2013 books will be late - maybe the 2012 books will be delivered in time for 2013

  • richard.madhopershad - 2012-10-31 06:15

    why cant they use last years text books?? Why hasnt the ANCYL raised funds to support the cause? Why is this taking sooo looong to sort out...ANC (ANC NOT COMPETENT)

      heinrich.etsebeth - 2012-10-31 07:27

      1.Because some or other cadre needs a tender for the printing of these books. 2.They have raised the funds but it is sitting in their back pockets rather than being applied where needed. 3.You should rather ask why it is taking so long to cover it up. People are not interested in excuses any more ;)

  • Leigh Nicholl - 2012-10-31 06:34

    funny how those people responsible for delivery will still get their christmas bonuses! double standards in this country is just something that has become the norm!

  • Leigh Nicholl - 2012-10-31 06:36

    @richard, the reason why they cant use last years textbooks is because of the new CAPS curriculum that came into effect this year. its a national program so when relevant textbooks are not delivered you can imagine the problem. :)

  • Samuel - 2012-10-31 06:46

    \The most useful thing section 27 could do is to contact us to inform us some schools haven't received text books\ Arrogancy at its best, instead of keeping quite he makes himself a fool. This time of the year!! Nobody is taking responsibility but there r people accountable for Basic Education.this is really a joke, now u tell me I should vote ANC again?

  • peter.t.viljoen - 2012-10-31 08:04

    Looks like tshepo's school never received their books as well....

  • Andrea - 2012-10-31 08:05

    "The most useful thing Section27 could do is to contact us if they find out some textbooks haven't been delivered." They've been doing it all year long, however you, DBE, just haven't been paying attention.

  • godesha - 2012-10-31 09:37

    Those poor children!! This is beyond shocking really and JZ expects us to be happy. What is going on in this country? Mr Zuma, what are you going to to do about this? Oh, what a stupid question when I know the answer already. Nothing. JZ, you and your government are a disgrace and maybe the time has come for you and your cadres to bow out and admit that you failed.

  • marius.vanwyk.5621 - 2012-10-31 09:56

    Nice one ANC, you fail your poeple over and over and over again...

  • Andrea - 2012-10-31 10:04

    I can remember as a child we had to give our text books back at the end of the year and come the new year, we were given books that had gone through many years and many learners before. Even today my children have to give theirs books back, failture to do so and Ma has to pay for it. Do they have to print new books every year because the standard just keeps dropping and therefore less pages need to be printed? Or do the learners mutilate the "free" books so it cannot be used again because they know there will be new ones next year, for free of course? Or is it a case of the standard has just simply hit absolute rock bottom and all books are now "connect the dots" and therefore cannot be used again, because the "answers" are already there?

  • Krishna - 2012-10-31 12:35

    The Department of Education in Soth Africa is a disgrace. Please hand over your budget to the private sector, they will ACTUALLY educate our youth,and ensure they qualify for tertiary education and jobs.

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