Zuma: Probe education DG over textbooks

2012-10-05 20:12

Johannesburg - The director general of the department of basic education must be investigated, based on the report of the presidential task team into late textbook deliveries in Limpopo, the presidency said on Friday.

President Jacob Zuma had decided that the Public Service Commission should investigate Bobby Soobrayan, spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

This was to do with issues including Soobrayan's alleged indecisiveness on receipt of a letter from the textbook publishers in December last year.

In the letter, the publishers reminded him that the learner, teacher support materials (LTSM) had not been ordered for the Limpopo education department.

He also apparently failed to provide the necessary support when the Limpopo department of education was placed under national administration.

In the report, the task team recommended that Soobrayan be investigated.

Rights group Section27 previously asked Soobrayan to resign over the Limpopo textbook saga.

The national department of basic education did not make ordering books a priority, despite advice to this effect from National Treasury and the administrators.

"The president views the failure to provide textbooks to Grades One, Two, Three and 10 in Limpopo in a very serious light and wants to ensure that there is no recurrence of the problem," Maharaj said.

Zuma asked Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to supply information on the supply of LTSM to the affected schools and the implementation of the catch up plan for Grade 10 pupils.

Motshekga was asked to report back by Friday.

The task team also found that a new curriculum for Grades One, Two, Three and 10 was a major cause of the problem, and that other grades had not been affected.

Reasons for the delays included that the Limpopo education department had outsourced the procurement and distribution of LTSM and had not implemented a risk management plan. It had also not taken orders timeously nor had it managed the contract with the service provider, EduSolutions, efficiently.

Orders for stationery were prioritised over textbooks.

Neither the national or provincial departments had credible data on how many pupils needed to be catered for.

Sufficient funding was made available for textbooks by the provincial treasury, however there was overspending in other areas. For example, the filling of unfunded posts cost about R122.8 million.

There was also "a general tendency to disregard and transgress legislation", the task team found.

The ethos prevalent in the provincial department also did not promote a system of accountability and there was a lack of clarity on who should handle the procurement. As a result, the Limpopo department of education did not order books for the 2012 school year.

Before the department was placed under administration, EduSolutions suspended the procurement when the department could no longer pay it.

Evidence regarding textbook dumping was not presented to the Task Team as the matter is before the courts and a disciplinary hearing is in process. Legislation allowing the national government to monitor and support the provincial government more effectively through a system of early warning signals might have averted the LTSM problems.

The task team found that if such legislation had been passed, there would have been greater clarity on the various roles and responsibilities necessary.

"However, the absence of such a law cannot be used as an excuse for the Limpopo intervention not being effective and the failure to provide schools with textbooks," it said.

The team recommended that the national department of basic education develop a policy to standardise the procurement and distribution of LTSM.

It also recommended that the proper mechanisms should be developed to monitor the Grade 10 catch-up plan 10, and that there should be a quarterly report to Cabinet on the progress.

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-10-05 20:22

    Not only him.Include Blade,Angie and yourself.

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-10-05 20:46

      "This was to do with issues including Soobrayan's alleged indecisiveness" This whole bloody bunch including UselessAngie is plagued by indecisiveness. Show me one instance where the ANC acted promply and retified any crisis instantly. They simply not capable of decicivness.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-05 22:08

      A similar article appeared about 3 months ago (round about July).......and what has happened? Is that the only thing we are capable of?............Investigating???????

      godfrey.welman - 2012-10-05 22:56

      @Bra...Zuma will not touch Angie out of fear that she will turn the ANCWL against him. Bobbie must not worry, we know what happened with Sanrail CEO. Things get handled the anc-way, Don't vote zuma,don't vote.

      Bruning - 2012-10-06 08:24

      Zuma has been probing for years. Anything that moves that is...

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-10-05 20:23

    Is this their chosen scapegoat? It won't be Angie, as she is in charge of getting votes for Jacob via the ANCWL, for the moment she is valuable to him.

      makenawn - 2012-10-05 20:35

      Spot on Angie is trump card for Bloemfontein.The DG needs to jump ship before they fire him

  • david.khasebe - 2012-10-05 20:33

    Zuma has no clue! Got first report 2 months ago about DG and now needs another probe!!!

  • atholl.canterbury - 2012-10-05 20:33

    {[Bobby Soobrayan]} there are 10,000 learners who are adversely affected by your laziness . ... go directly to {[detention]} ... do not pass the bank ... write 10,000 times ::} Bobby Soobrayan must order textbooks Bobby Soobrayan must order textbooks... Bobby Soobrayan must order textbooks .... 10,000 times

      lmphelasr.1 - 2012-10-05 21:47

      he should, he should... he should, he should... infinite times (until he acts).

  • - 2012-10-05 20:35

    Task teams, investigations, dumpings, reports. They all cots us millions. I've got an idea! Employ someone that is actually capaple of doing his/her job the first time! Unfortunately money and greed comes before anything else in this country. It's like pi$$ing against a 300km/h wind with this government of ours!

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-10-05 20:36

    What is Soobrayan gonna do in Mangaung nothing but Jacob probably needs Angies backing, so no is is in the clear. It has never been about the sake of the country or learners but about own interest! same story different time!

  • thozi - 2012-10-05 20:42

    It may be a bit too risky to get rid of Minister Motshekga now - with the Mangaung just around the corner... The best is get a 'fall-guy' who would be politically non-lethal. After all, he's just a DG - a few million Rand "hand-shake" would be in order and would not cause any political damage.

  • vera.platt - 2012-10-05 20:42

    I just love how often the word probe is used in a story about the government. Bunch of aliens...

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-10-05 20:46 the whole f...g lot in the DBE.They have failed the school kids of SA on a scale which borders on treason.Just how rotten & incompetent do these people in Govt have to be to get fired?Endless commissions,probes,task teams but nothing changes!

      george.slade.161 - 2012-10-05 21:16

      The more Rotten they get -the more they get promoted in the ANC ---Absolute Eneducated Clowns !

  • siyanda.yeni.5 - 2012-10-05 20:55

    I welcome the decision to probe the Director General! I bemoan his conduct in the strongest of terms!

  • gerhardus.windpomp - 2012-10-05 20:57

    It's definately the aliens! Probe everyone!!

  • cathy.dejongh.5 - 2012-10-05 20:59


      christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-05 22:09

      oops, that sounds painful:-)

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-05 21:00

    Amazing! Due process within edu ignored, due process of the law ignored (3 court orders so far) but now there will be due process for some pretty expensive 'probing' which will reveal what 3 court orders and 100's of 1000's of school children and the greater news-reading public already know - they did not do their jobs, they broke their oath of office and they brought the entire country into disrepute. This is treason. Boot them out. Now.

  • mpho.galane1 - 2012-10-05 21:10

    Shame DG u Will take the fall for Minister whos only job is to implement the policy. Viva Jz Viva.... What did we expect mara... ?U fire president of Womans Leagues...not in Mthembu's life time

      sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-10-06 10:17

      There's more to it:U RIGHTLY state that the miniister's job is POLICY formulation

  • louis.mokonyane - 2012-10-05 21:11

    Ever since JGZ took control is all about investigation, now I am suspecting that if he wins for the second term more investigation will on the way

  • randall.j.coetzee - 2012-10-05 21:33

    Probe... Probe... Probe... That's all they can do

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-10-05 21:43

      It is the ideal solution, as it buys time, and delays action. Perfect for the ineptocracy.

      randall.j.coetzee - 2012-10-05 21:52

      Lol... I like that reply

  • alwyn.vantonder - 2012-10-05 21:38

    I smell something fishy.. It all boils down to ONE POINT.. The ANC are a bunch of idiots who doesn't know how to do their jobs.. passing the buck! Fire the lot.. including Angie Motshekga..

      sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-10-06 10:06

      Fire ANGIE too? And RISK losing support of the CHIEF WHIP in the Parly @ a very sensitive stage of the (UN)INFO BILL, the so-called JUDICIAL TRANSFORMATION BILL

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-10-05 21:57

    'Probe,probe' The most notorious and beloved word of the certain leader.

  • owamin1 - 2012-10-05 22:04

    Surprisingly, no mention is made of investigating the Limpopo Department's officials. Section 100 would not have been invoked if they had done what they were supposed to do. Probe the Provincial Department, its rampant disregard for budgeting and planning, to the point where it couldn't pay its staff. By the time Soobrayan was given the responsibility to administer Limpopo's educatin in December, it was too late for the textbooks to be delivered for the 2012 school year. What strange administrative justice this is!

  • nomazotshom - 2012-10-05 22:18

    Another probe? Pity......

  • jason.marshall.1804 - 2012-10-05 22:43

    Fire the lot of them! Funny that they delivered on the stationary. I guess the suppliers took the initiative to provide the Education department with a complete invortary for each School and Grade. And of coarse they had to bribe some education minister or big shots to get the sales agreement signed...

  • tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-10-05 23:56

    Why not fire the minister of education? Did I hear Mangaung and comrade? Still indecisive. We must get rid of Zuma if we want to move forward as a country.

  • sminx.r.mandla - 2012-10-06 01:16

    Probe him and then probe yourself u f***ing hypocrite, charity begins at home!!!!!

  • siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-06 06:49

    What do they call it in English? Ha, I remember, closing the stable after the horse has bolted. Ja, my primary English teacher used to say. Ten months into the year! Hope it will take till October 2014 to study the report and then the Professor Extra-Ordinaire release it. We are living in extra-ordinary times.

  • sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-10-06 08:23

    Its hightime! that DG Booby(trap) Soobrayan's 'indicisiveness' be probed by the HAWKS because of his relationship with LEBONE PRINTERS JHB

  • makavelithedonkilluminati.shakur - 2012-10-06 12:09

    zuma would do or say anything just to get re-elected

  • mathivha.obert - 2012-10-06 12:53

    Desperate measures to offload some of his many blunders just in preparation of second term case in Mangaung - He must be in the dock himself!

  • ntebu.mthi - 2012-10-06 14:56

    I feel sorry for Angie. Just like Julius and them, she's gonna be used just to deliver ANCWL votes in Mangaung and be immediately dumped by Msholozi thereafter. The textbook saga and the overall education crisis is a bad stain for the ANC as a whole which preaches 'better education for all' after when the Apartheid government's strategy of oppressing black folks was the conceptualisation of Bantu Education. If JZ doesn't fix education especially, its a goodbye for loyal ANC voters for him.

  • danie.smit.587 - 2012-10-06 18:00

    It look like AA gave a person that should rather have stay a school cleaner, a nicely paid job. Now millions of poor black school children pay with their future for this one AA job. Can AA work?

  • George - 2012-10-06 20:17

    Sorry, but isn't the dear president being too hasty. It's only been a year since the troubles surfaced. Surely Angie, the DG and perhaps the Public Service Commission and a few members of the Presidency, at least, should undertake an extensive international tour to study how other countries order text books. Surely we want to be benchmarked against international best practices. We mustn't avoid this opportunity for leeerrning, mustn't we?

  • Johnson - 2012-10-10 22:21

    Surley it is time for the community as a whole to stand up against the fruitless expenditure and wastage of government. Strike action brought Marikana mine worker their 12500 rand. Strike action against paying tax until this government will introduce systems of transparent procurement should be the way for every law abiding citizen of this country. Government claims pro - anti corruption but does little in the form of real action or counter measure to prevent this practice from continuing in our society - I am for strike action against tax who is with me on this.

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