Some schools still without textbooks

2013-04-03 07:08

Johannesburg - The first school term is over and some schools have not yet received textbooks, or have the wrong textbooks, according to a report on Wednesday.

Limpopo and the Eastern Cape were the most affected, The Star reported.

SA Democratic Teachers Association (Sadtu) spokesperson Nomusa Cembi said the union had been receiving reports from its members about schools not having all the textbooks they need.

She said in Limpopo about 25% of the required textbooks had not been delivered. The most problematic was Grade 11 textbooks for physical science, mathematics, accounting and languages.

Cembi was speaking at the SA Human Rights Commission hearing on Tuesday. The SAHRC is investigating the matter and intends compiling a report and sending it to Parliament.

Last year, schools in Limpopo were without textbooks for the first seven months of the year.

  • Tshilidzi Vincy Funyufunyu - 2013-04-03 07:24

    Here we go again i wonder ho is responsible for this mess

      regte.boer - 2013-04-03 10:13


      Hein Huyser - 2013-04-03 11:48

      Angie and our Prezzie of coarse, but he is in Chad and Auntie Angie? Maybe in New York, who knows. Or where-ever, but definately not behind her desk working on her resignation

  • Wimpy Van Der Westhuizen - 2013-04-03 07:25


  • Snobom Njiva - 2013-04-03 07:26

    This departpment is so disorganised yho, This has a very negetive impact in our Nation.

  • Sergio Oneness Pentecostal Williams - 2013-04-03 07:26

    plz remove Angie today crdes, she is useless!

      Cynthia Smith - 2013-04-03 14:48

      ...but you will see that they will all vote ANC again at the next general election. I wonder how long it is going to take them to learn that the ANC are doing NOTHING to help the under priviledged. They sit down to a nice big fat meal every night and when it is cold, the electric blankets get turned on! Do you think they think of you sleeping outside or in a shack? I don't think so. Keep voting people and you will see that this Government that you vote for every time is NEVER going to do anything to make your life better. Nothing is EVER goig to change.

  • Brian Dorning - 2013-04-03 07:28

    mshini wam, mshini wam! This is another typical ANC success story. Anyone who votes ANC should hold themselves partly responsible for actions, or lack there of, of the ANC.

  • Carol-lynne Roos - 2013-04-03 07:29

    Wat I don't undersand is why they have to get new books every year? What's going on? Do 'the powers that be' have connections in the publishing houses, that they need to spend so much on new books? When I was at school we used the same books for years. They went into storage at school at the end of the year and were redistributed at the beginning of the following year. Some books had up to 10 names in them! I'm 53 and I consider myself to be well educated in spite of the 'old' system of education employed by the NP regime. If it's not broken, why fix it?

      basil.mackenzie - 2013-04-03 07:40

      It is a possible solution, but bare in mind curriculum change (from NCS to CAPS) which means textbooks need to be re-published and issued. Also, for many leaners their textbooks are the only resource on the subject they have. Taking it to and from school, in and out of the school bag, general wear and tear and most textbooks (even those pretty well looked after) are pretty ropey at the end of a year.

      Quartus van Zyl - 2013-04-03 07:43

      Had the same system ....the books are the property of the state...some books were falling apart, but were still useable...just did some repair work. This system can cut the expenditure on school books by probably 80 present.

      Louis Nolte - 2013-04-03 08:09

      Wear and tear on text books is absolutely no excuse. We fixed our own text books if they were not in good condition. Perhaps even the learners should take responsibility like they used to. The true problem is everyone wants, but no one is prepared to give and sacrifice. I'm sure there are many that think the old regime gave us new books every year. Stop blaming everyone and get the bloody job done.

      Karen Perks Woodward - 2013-04-03 08:14

      Former model C-schools still use this system of managing resources! Former model C-teachers also have double the work because we have to implement the several 'new' curricula and then teach according to traditional teaching methods in order for our learners to excel! Most former model C-schools have a managerial system in place that is appropriate for this country, yet the Department spends millions to research and implement education systems from abroad!

      Wimpy Van Der Westhuizen - 2013-04-03 08:16

      it's the african way

      Andrea Gutschmidt - 2013-04-03 08:31

      Thats exactly what I thought. Why have new textbooks every year? When I grew up we looked after our textbooks. Of course after a while you could see the age of the book, but you could still use it. You cant tell me that the content in mathematics and physical science changes every year. I can understand that you might need new books for accounting, but then again its just the basic accounting. Just use the old school books! The money spent on new textbooks every single year could be used somewhere else (school related stuff).

      Lesibana Maropola - 2013-04-03 08:41

      @Carol-Lyn Ross last year it was a shortage of grade 10 CAPS textbooks and this CAPS is in grade 11 and new textbooks must be published. Next year it will be in grade 12 hence there will be a need for new textbooks until all grades have migrated from NCS to CAPS. Hope this will clear your confusion.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-04-03 10:24

      No Carol, think for yourself! If they don't print new books every year, how will the cadres make money on the side via tenders?

  • Gaven Mphafudi - 2013-04-03 07:29

    This job is too big for Angie,she cant handle it.

      Marc Ross - 2013-04-03 07:51

      This job is too big for the ANC, they can't handle it.

  • Sthembiso Jali - 2013-04-03 07:37

    last year when we called for angie's head to roll zuma was there to protect her. now the arrogance of that woman has doubled its original scale. from here the situation can only get worse.

      PB - 2013-04-03 07:59

      What I would love to know, is what Ange have over zum-zum

      Fussed Anderson - 2013-04-03 08:27

      @ PB Do you realy have to ask? Think of the first thing they look for when a aircraft crashes??????? You now have an answer.

      Cynthia Smith - 2013-04-03 08:40

      When you are buddies with the president, you can get away with almost anything.

  • Vaughan - 2013-04-03 07:41

    You get what you vote for, as simple as that.

      Bontle Gape - 2013-04-03 08:43

      I don't remember voting not all black people who are crying or unhappy voted for ANC

      Barry Eason - 2013-04-03 08:52

      It is as simple as that,what you put in is what you get out. The uneducated and thus naturally blind and gullible mass have voted what we currently have in power. This is the only government that we have and will have to continue to feed off their BS.

  • Joanne Pestana - 2013-04-03 07:51

    This is f******* pathetic!

  • Pieter Pretorius - 2013-04-03 07:57

    Just wondering, do the kids keep the books. Why should they receive new books every year. In the old days we did not keep our books. A new one was given only when a book was completely stuffed.

  • Pieter Pretorius - 2013-04-03 07:57

    Just wondering, do the kids keep the books. Why should they receive new books every year. In the old days we did not keep our books. A new one was given only when a book was completely stuffed.

      Ushir Sahdao - 2013-04-03 08:30

      Some of these books have sections in which the pupil is required to write in them. Similar to a coloring book. So the books get 'used up' at the end of the ear. Poor planning if you ask me. The books should have been designed to be independent of these sections and an exam pad or work book used to assess the pupils progress. That way the books can still be used the next year.

      Coert Geldenhuys - 2013-04-03 08:33

      The problem comes in with the new CAPS curriculum, which requires completely new textbooks. Last year it was phased in for grades 1-3 and 10, this year grades 4-6 and 11 and next year the rest. Apart from new textbooks for this year's new CAPS curriculums, there were so many mistakes in some of last year's new textbooks that they had to be replaced with revised prints, which still has many mistakes...

  • Mike van Vuuren - 2013-04-03 08:03

    How very unexpected...find it hard to believe that this normally slick department has slipped up...very unusual

  • Gerald Beer - 2013-04-03 08:10

    This is proof that certain people never learn from their mistakes and simply don't care about the position they hold. Sorry to those who don't have books but are expected to pass at the end of the year, sadly I can't even say don't worry the ANC will find you a job cause they can't do that either.

  • Mike Hansonn - 2013-04-03 08:25

    lol anc lol you are sooo useless....

  • brian.heunis - 2013-04-03 08:26

    All part of the bigger plan! An uneducated voter can only make an uneducated vote!

      Phill Sarefa - 2013-04-03 08:44

      well said. Keep them ignorant. Limit their vocabulary the Orwellian way.

  • Bradley Brits - 2013-04-03 08:29

    Fire Angie Motshekga

  • Bulelwa Bubu Maphanga - 2013-04-03 08:30

    please remove Angie she is not doing enough for our education.

      Stephan Butler - 2013-04-03 09:21

      They won't remove her she is part of the ANC cronies.

  • Cynthia Smith - 2013-04-03 08:34

    I cannot believe this text book saga is still going on. Why hasn't the big shot at the top been fired yet? Absolutely pathetic. Sorry kids, that in the "new" South Africa, and after 20 years of democracy, you are still battling to get a decent education.

  • neil.cuthbert.9 - 2013-04-03 08:36

    couldn't organise a piss up in a brewery

  • jimmy.kawa.1 - 2013-04-03 08:41

    why educate the masses? if they are left uneducated they are easy to control, thus giving you a voter base.

      markdare - 2013-04-03 11:57

      You Jimmy have hit the nail on the head - this is the REAL reason cANCer wants to keep education for the massses in a mess.

  • Phill Sarefa - 2013-04-03 08:42

    PLEASE, READ THIS: SADTU must be very happy that they have voted a puppet regime. After all they (SADTU) were on a go-slow before schools closed for Easter and they are set to continue like that while their salaries are not affected. They are misleading us into believing that they care about the education of the poor. Even if books were delivered on time there would still be nobody to use them. I smell a rat. I see another catch-up plan meant to give SADTU members more cash. I tell you what, In LIMPOPO teachers are on a go-slow but are diligent when it comes to Saturday and vacation lessons because they get extra cash. I urge all teachers who value their profession to ditch SADTU. I also appeal to all patriotic South Africans to vote the African national Corruption out in 2014.

  • geldenmessina - 2013-04-03 08:45

    don't judge so soon is only the first term gone there is still plenty time left to make up

      Cane Corso - 2013-04-03 08:53

      WTF!? Are you going to sing the same tune next semester, and the next, and then? Varksteaks, you must also be an OBE drone to come up with such drivel.

      Barney Dino - 2013-04-03 08:55

      You are either completely stupid,..or are happy with very low standards. Everything for a new schoolyear should be in place on day 1. If you go to the bank to draw money....does the bank tell you to come back in June to collect it. NO!! Wake up!

      geldenmessina - 2013-04-03 09:09

      she really improved alot from least year

      geldenmessina - 2013-04-03 09:10

      what is the use off giving children text books if they cant even read

      Cynthia Smith - 2013-04-03 14:56

      Catch a wake-up dozey! No child should have to go so long without text books. I wonder if you would say the same if it were your kids?

      Cynthia Smith - 2013-04-03 15:00

      Who has improved a lot since last year??? I hope you are not talking about Angie? I think you must have been in a coma for the last year or so!!! Please explain, WHERE has she improved? Moron!

  • Nick Crossley - 2013-04-03 08:48

    Some years ago when we were at school we were not allowed to have soft bags for our text books as they got damaged.All the text books were needed for the next classes that followed. Give a child something and he will not appreciate it, make them work and pay.

  • Cane Corso - 2013-04-03 08:54

    Keep them hungry and stupid and you will rule them forever...

  • Sedzani P M Mulovhedzi - 2013-04-03 08:54

    Books dnt teach learners; but teachers teach learners. Wen I was in high school the only person who had a text book was the teacher alone. They would draw the diagrams and also make us copy notes from the board. Yes, it wuld hv been easier had we had books, but books never stop determined teachers from teaching. The very same school that had no books has been number 1 in Limpopo for so many years. So SADTU shuld rather focus more of their energy on getting their members to be determined teachers who are not there for that paycheck on the 22nd.

  • Gerald Beer - 2013-04-03 09:15

    Angie, if this was your personal business, would you still not give a shyt and run it the way you do the department.

  • MK McKenzie - 2013-04-03 09:20

    If these politician's kids were at these schools this problem would be a myth...

  • Talitha Taljaard - 2013-04-03 09:22

    Here we go again! How are our kids supposed to better themselves when they can't even get their text books on time?

      Cynthia Smith - 2013-04-03 15:03

      You would think she has learnt her lesson after last year, but it shows you just how much she really cares. Her kids are taken care of, so to hell with the rest of them.

  • nawhal.majietarmien - 2013-04-03 10:08

    the poor kids, voters take note

  • Jacque Raymer - 2013-04-03 10:13

    im sure somehow apartheid and the white man iis to blame...

      Rameetse Benjamin Mokgoatjana - 2013-04-03 10:29

      I am sure too.

  • markdare - 2013-04-03 11:55

    Listen, if the voters in Limpopo and E Cape vote the cANCer into power again in 2014, then they DESERVE this kind of debacle. Its THEIR children that are receiving an inferior education, so if they vote the cANCer in again, they just prove how dumb they are. A nation of sheep allows a government of wolves.

      Cynthia Smith - 2013-04-03 15:06

      Well said Mark. I couldn't agree with you more.

  • Ian Despy - 2013-04-03 12:01

    Again cant deliver for the children of SA, but would rather spend money on our military propping up dictators in Africa as they are more important than the children of SA. Ask yourself why is this so.

  • Tracey Johnson - 2013-04-03 12:11

    Yip, but goverment says there is not a problem, all they do is deny ever thing as always stupid goverment

  • Roz Conway - 2013-04-03 12:40

    No dont fire her, fire the entire Government including the president. When are they going to realize that they cant run this country, all they doing is stuffing up a beautiful country.

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