Some schools without textbooks - group

2012-06-28 10:05

Johannesburg - Not all schools in Limpopo had received textbooks by Thursday, despite the education department's claim that it had met its deadline, said the SA Principals' Association.

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

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

"That same truck has more deliveries to do for this morning. What deadline?" he asked.

The department had an agreement with rights organisation Section 27 that all schools in the province would receive textbooks by Wednesday night.

Contradictory reports

Earlier, education department spokesperson Hope Mokgatlhe said that by Wednesday night all the textbooks had left the warehouse.

"If people say we have not met our deadlines, they must bring evidence. There might be a few schools that have not received their books because there was no one at the yard, but the books are there."

Section 27 spokesperson Mark Heywood said it had only anecdotal reports from the ground, but expected to have a full report from the department at 09:00.

"There certainly was a big effort, and I think many schools will have their books this morning," Heywood said.

"However, we have received contradictory reports as well, therefore we call for an independent verification of the report. There could be some bad people in the department that will lie and can't be trusted."

Teachers ‘waited for deliveries’

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Limpopo was closely monitoring the delivery.

"I can say with 100% certainty that the department didn't meet their deadline," said DA education spokesperson Desiree van der Walt.

"Many teachers waited 'til late last night and previous nights in unsafe conditions for textbooks to be delivered and they were not delivered.

"Late Wednesday night, there were still warehouses with pallets of thousands of textbooks that needed to be delivered."

Beeld newspaper reported on Thursday that Van der Walt had been threatened with arrest when she wanted to move books scheduled for destruction.

‘More problems than solutions’

SA Democratic Teachers' Union provincial secretary Matome Raphasha said intervention was needed in the textbook crisis.

"We have seen more problems than solutions," he said.

Workers at a private warehouse which was tasked with textbook delivery, said more textbooks were delivered on Wednesday and had yet to be packaged and distributed to schools.

The department of basic education was initially ordered in May to provide Limpopo schools with textbooks by June 15.

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled in May that the department's failure to provide textbooks violated the Constitution.

Section 27, which brought the application, met the department after the first deadline expired, and it was decided that delivery of the textbooks be completed by Wednesday.

  • Randomhero6661 - 2012-06-28 10:26

    Ah this government is really useless...

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-06-28 10:27

    \If people say we have not met our deadlines, they must bring evidence\. YOUR DEADLINE WAS JANUARY 2012 BEFORE THE START OF THE SCHOOLYEAR. 6 MONTHS BEHIND BUDDY!!

      procold2 - 2012-06-28 10:39

      if this was not so serious it would be funny, if people dont see this gov as an epic fail then i dont know.

  • Kaykay - 2012-06-28 10:28

    "If people say we have not met our deadlines, they must bring evidence. There might be a few schools that have not received their books because there was no one at the yard, but the books are there." So the books were delivered under the tree (because there was no one at the yard YET again someone from the same schools managed to report that books were not delivered. LoL!

      Henk - 2012-06-28 10:40

      Wrong tree! I said it was the big boabab! Not the camel thorn tree!

  • Henk - 2012-06-28 10:37

    Of course they will say they succeeded! Ever heard of an ANC comrade with mistakes! Never ever!!!

  • simon.brewer.35 - 2012-06-28 10:48

    The only practical way of economically empowering peeople is to educate them - not to throw money at them by giving them grants the whole time. Educated people become useful members of society who in turn will create a thriving economy through their purchasing power etc etc etc. What has happened here is tantimount to sabotaging the economy and the country as a whole. Sabotage at this level is treason - isnt there a rule about treason somewhere........?

  • Gerald - 2012-06-28 10:50

    The DA looks after ANC voters better than the ANC does, maybe that should be the 2nd transition. Pity the uneducated voters cant read these forums

      Tony Lapson - 2012-06-28 11:38

      2nd transition is simply a plan to make disheartened ANC voters think that better things are coming. After the next 18 years they will release the 3rd transition to keep them hopeful, then when all else fails they will blame the past and incite violent behavior and tell people they need to fight white supremacy for causing all these issues.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-28 10:52

    I can't see how anyone can be surprised.Just another ANC cockup and many more to follow.

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-06-28 10:58

    The work of politician twist every story and deny then apologise and nothing will happen to you. Get paid millions of rands and feed people with lies. Live in luxury houses and promise people to deliver!!!

  • Erna - 2012-06-28 11:14

    Lying and denying are the only things this government is good at.

      norman.depluhm - 2012-06-28 11:28

      They're pretty good at getting our tax money in, have to hand it to them. Ironic as it is the only state machinery that functions (and exceptionally well by world standards) is the one that funds the ongoing idiocy...

  • andie.4 - 2012-06-28 11:25

    I am confused!! I thought our school year starts in January?? Are these books for next year - or are they for this year? If it is for this year then I am afraid they have missed their deadline by a county mile!! I feel very sorry for the kids who are supposed to be the future of this country! What chance do they have to get a decent education if this ridiculous Goverment can't educate them??? It is PATHETIC!!!!!!!

  • Charlotte - 2012-06-28 11:28

    I can not understand why they are distroying so many old books, when the basics of their content have not changed, for example, basic biology will always stay the same,basic chemistry will never change, maths, english, etc. These books that are being distroyed could still have been used, in the interim, while the education department sorted out their mess. But NO...Then our government wonders why our nations youth can not hold jobs down, and why our country is not progressing!

  • donovan.solomons - 2012-06-28 11:37

    I finally understand now. Keep the people uneducated, burn and destroy all books, and keep the masses in the dark about what is happening in the country. That is how you win votes. Sounds so much like the Hitler Nazi regime. And the response in the newspapers will read "APARTHEID MADE ME DO IT"

  • duncan.loxton - 2012-06-28 11:44

    So sad to see that the anc won 85% of the vote in this province even sadder that it probably won't change in the next election

  • patricia.burness - 2012-06-28 11:47


  • geoff.liddiard - 2012-06-28 11:57

    Government denials everywhere, but what they fail to remember is that these schools should have had the books in January not the end of June. What I can't understand is that the Limpopo ANC and ANCYL are the most vocal about support for Zuma yet it is during his watch that this has happened! Go figure...

  • rufus.manyama - 2012-06-28 12:12

    Mrs Angie Motshekga and Mec Dickson Masemola,please resign!

  • Omrisho - 2012-06-28 12:12

    we can only hope that the parents of these students give some serious thought as to where they place their X, only then, when a true threat is perceived, will we see meaningful change and commitment

  • joe.irwin.50 - 2012-06-28 12:21

    I am sure that 90% of us expected this.

  • eradingoana - 2012-06-28 12:32

    The worst thing of this situation is that Limpopo will be compared with other schools in terms of pass rate. Although Motshekga denies being responsible, it is amazing on who should be blamed. Someone need to understand that if my subordinate failed to comply with my instruction, such failure will affect me as well regardless of internal responsibilities. When the National Administration took over in December, we over-expectedly thought the kids are blessed to get service from National Office unaware that it was a trip to hell for the kids. Oh My Province! obviously not seriously considered.

  • sarah.haines.714 - 2012-06-28 13:08

    'Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world' - Nelson Mandela

  • carolannbaptista - 2012-06-28 13:10

    The incompetant minister must be fired! End of story. However, who do we get to run the education department then - they are all useless.

  • daniel.mahloana - 2012-06-28 13:20

    Mrs Angie Motshekga and Dickson Masemola should resign !

  • thapelo.maleka.94 - 2012-06-28 13:24

    i was blind nw i c. No more grant frm cANCer. I wil at traffic stop begging frm nw on. Hw is that for a change whitty.

  • thapelo.maleka.94 - 2012-06-28 13:24

    i was blind nw i c. No more grant frm cANCer. I wil at traffic stop begging frm nw on. Hw is that for a change whitty.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-06-28 14:24

    Spokespeople fascinate me. The education department's spokesperson sits in his office in Gauteng and states emphatically that ALL books were delivered and that the school personnel should have been there to collect them. And then he has the temerity to ask for evidence to the contrary!!! So the government plays the victim and blames the schools who were waiting for 6 months already. And further expect them to sacrifice their holidays to come to school to pick up books. This goes beyond arrogance. I wonder what the court order states in the event of non-compliance. Will the minister be thrown into jail? Can the schools demand automatic passes for their learners? Does it open up for the process of civil claims by the learners? Meanwhile the Limpopo premier, minister of education and the mec all go about their affluent lives without a care in the world. I think that I am starting to get a trifle annoyed with our government.

  • ongama.ntloko - 2012-06-28 15:14

    I want to head the department of education! Give me just 3years. That's all I ask

      joe.irwin.50 - 2012-06-28 15:56

      To improve on what is happening at the moment you would prbaly only need 1 month.

  • ronald.reiners - 2012-07-01 16:15

    Eish is all I can say. There are other methods and people only to willing to assist with the distribution of text books but they are dismissed with the excuse of tenders.

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