Workbooks delivered in wrong language

2012-07-09 16:02

Johannesburg - Several thousand school workbooks were returned to the Eastern Cape education department because they were in the wrong language, the DA said on Monday.

"The DA witnessed hundreds of boxes of books being returned to the warehouse because schools had received the wrong language for their learners," Democratic Alliance MPL Edmund van Vuuren said in a statement.

"This is due to the education department’s botching of orders for workbooks for Eastern Cape children for the 3rd and 4th quarter of the year, starting on 16 July."

He said in several cases isiXhosa pupils had been ordered Sesotho workbooks, while Afrikaans and English speaking learners had received isiXhosa workbooks.

Eastern Cape education spokesperson Loyiso Pulumani referred the matter to national spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi.

"The national department is the one who orders the books. They would be able to comment on it," he said.

Lesufi said the national department ordered books based on numbers given to it by the province.

"The other provinces all seem to be correct, so why is it only in the Eastern Cape? It must tell you something about that province."

Van Vuuren said the department’s database for Port Elizabeth showed 25 370 literacy workbooks and 15 500 numeracy workbooks were still outstanding.

"Once again the education department has put the future of thousands of children at risk through this blatant disregard for their education needs."

He said the ordered books were only relevant for this year. This meant public money would also be wasted.

"The DA calls for a full investigation into the ordering process that led to this. We will also be submitting questions to the provincial education ministry to establish the full extent of the problem."

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-07-09 16:15

    get the ANC sheeple to read animal farm. the irony is ..... bantu education students could at least read under the anc, African has become African't

  • toddler.ras - 2012-07-09 16:33

    what do you expect if your president failed grade 1

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-09 16:39

    On and on it goes. Everything they touch is a disaster of note. Will this cycle of destruction ever cease?

  • peter.ellis.37051 - 2012-07-09 16:40

    I think the government is worried that the population will become well educated and be able to think for themselves

  • clara.viljee - 2012-07-09 16:41

    Woof!!! Woof!! Woof!! -ja swaer, wat kan mens nou sê

  • Bryan - 2012-07-09 16:43

    The thing that really surprises me about this article is.........Ummm....... damn, nothing at all!!! SSDD

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-07-09 16:52

    EISH....... the department can't even read,,,,all they can do is see the flag and make a "X"

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-09 16:52

    Well, that is good news and bad news. I always prefer the bad news first. In this case : Wrong language, but workbooks delivered.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-07-09 17:47

      Not sure if that was a serious comment... I fail to understand your logic. I'll give ya a Greek geography textbook, tell you the logistics to get it to you cost millions and will cost millions more to return... And you will be happy with getting the book you can't read or understand?

  • theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-07-09 16:52

    The mess is getting bigger by the day. Watch this space next year, even bigger chaos awaits the poor children. Ever heard the saying "they don't know their ass from their face" It is very sad but this countries ability to succeed in anything is just becoming more impossible by the day. Unless the people in charge can admit that they are totally incompetent and ask for help, this sad situation will continue and even worsen. Nothing more dangerous than a group of people totale useless and incompetent who them self believe they have all the solutions. Wake up South Africa !!

  • sharon.ackerman.77 - 2012-07-09 16:53

    And here we go again. Bla bla this ones fault, bla bla that ones fault. They spend more time to think who to blame for their mistakes than what they actually work.

  • Billy - 2012-07-09 17:06

    can we please get a comment section where we can draw pictures, so the rest of south africa can understand comments too?

  • patsi.hoffstaetter - 2012-07-09 17:13

    As a parent to a grade 5 child (residing in the Eastern Cape), we do not receive text books for free (just to hand in at the end of the year), we have to buy the text books now and hope that the syllabus is the same for the next year so we can sell them.

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-07-09 17:15

    In this situation the likes of zwelinzima vavi are still blaming the apartheid to cover up ANC's incompetence.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-07-16 21:27

      ,,@..keith.ngobeni.. and the silence of our illiterate, sub standard showerhead spear is so deafening it's giving me a headache. Lets just pray that we wont have to spend another 5 years under his Government.

  • stephanie.v.rooyen - 2012-07-09 17:20

    That's what happens when you employ people to work in high up positions based on their skin colour and not on their qualifications. Ironic, isn't it? Ha ha.

  • James - 2012-07-09 17:27

    The books should be in English(or Afrikaans)which would cut the costs and get to student into learning English early. English is the language of the books at University/the Internet/the TV/movies. Life is tough. It is nice to be able to speak African languages if one is English or Africans speaking but these are not essential to progress in the wide world. The other official languages make sure you stay in the poverty trap. If you speak an African language as your first language make sure you can also speak and write fluent English otherwise your horizon, unnfortunately, will be very bleak.

      ex.dutchman - 2012-07-10 07:13

      How about Chinese - that will really prepare the learners for the workplace. Mother language learning at school has been proven to be most effective. But true to superior "English" you are advocating a single language, and if you are not understood you speak slightly slower and much louder. Was the ’76 riots not started because the black students was expected to study in non mother language?

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-09 17:33

    It is like asking children to tidy their mess, rarely does it actually happen even though they may try. Often the outcome is a cover-up. I think this outcome is to do with the childs ability not keeping pace with the complexity of their world, most kids catch-up as they become adults, some don't. The problem is that as a systenm becomes more complex the cost of manageing it increases exponentially. In South Africa we have the added problem of a continuing decline in management capacity...adding to a roller coaster rush to implosion. Take a look at this link for a view from a different perspective:

  • Rory Neil Price - 2012-07-09 17:42

    No worries Comrade Vavi sorting out,

  • provence.poppies - 2012-07-09 17:59

    What a bunch of morons at education dept. First they throw books away and then can't get deliveries right. Send them for education.

  • notshwala.matshinini - 2012-07-09 18:07

    Dis issue of textnook is not only in limpopo its all over,at one stage said to myself dat mybe dis new curriculum dont have or used books cause um in de free state and learners dont have, dey r using fotocopied textbooks expecially on section 21 shools and de question is where is de budget for de texbooks? cause none section 20 het alles.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-09 18:14

    And these guys want to run the country for another term? Want to wreck still more children's futures? Want to misspend still more billions? Yeah I guess so ...

  • carl.debeer.33 - 2012-07-09 18:27

    We are already half way through the year! Exams are soon to see if you go to the next Grade. Now. Do these pupils actually pass or do they get held back?...

  • glyn.morgan.96 - 2012-07-09 18:43

    There is only one responsible person ... the President! The buck stops with the President! What does the President do about it? Nothing!! Why does the President do nothing? Because he is anc!! Vote DA! Or COPE if you can hold your schnapps!

  • peter.ellis.37051 - 2012-07-09 18:52

    I wonder if our coments are worth anything

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-09 19:04

      I wonder how many people commenting here can actually read! The issue is about workbooks, not text books. These are the books the children use to practice writing out letters of the alphabet and numerals.

  • lynne.barker.7 - 2012-07-09 18:56

    Prior to 1994 education around the country was of a high standard and the percentage needed to pass a subject was more than the now rediculous 30percent. If you only have to get 30 percent to pass you don't have to study at all..... bad system, bad teaching, bad marks, people unable to spell because they spend half their lives texting - result - jobless people who vote in ignorance for a bad govt.

      ex.dutchman - 2012-07-10 07:17

      Really? What sparked the '76 riots? No, the education system was not that great. Selective memory makes you forget the "Liberation Now, Education Later"

  • Danie - 2012-07-09 19:15

    In the apartheid days all student receive Afrikaans books, now after nearly 18 years of ANC rule the student receive no books, not even Afrikaans. Are we moving backwards under the ANC?

  • frankflower - 2012-07-09 19:27

    Why are workbooks only relevant for a year? What a waste.

      Twolips - 2012-07-10 06:25

      Read Lacrimose's answers! These are WORKBOOKS (like an exercise book) and not text books.

      ex.dutchman - 2012-07-10 07:21

      Frank the workbook is not relevant for a year, it is only relevant for 2 semesters.

  • logical007 - 2012-07-09 19:33

    yet pass rate will still be 80 % nation wide without text books or work books???? eish, haaibo!!! so clever, our education department with numbers!!!!

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