Acknowledge mistakes, Motshekga told

2012-06-15 22:10

Johannesburg - Opposition parties on Friday queried Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga's claims that her department was making great strides.

The department appeared incapable of delivering textbooks to schools and correcting internal problems, the Democratic Alliance and Congress of the People said.

DA education spokesperson Anette Lovemore said Motshekga should learn to acknowledge her mistakes.

"If she cannot admit to her department’s mistakes, Minister Motshekga virtually ensures that they will be repeated again. Learners cannot be allowed to face the same chaos again."

Cope spokesman Willie Madisha said the government appeared incapable of achieving basic targets.

"Simple tasks like replacing mud schools with properly built schools and the even simpler task of delivering textbooks to learners seems beyond the capability of government."

Motshekga told reporters in Pretoria on Thursday progress was being made since the national department took over the running of education in Limpopo.

"As we speak, textbooks are being delivered to the central warehouse in Polokwane," she said.

The deadline for delivery of textbooks in Limpopo was Friday. The new books would mainly be for grades one, two, three and ten, with top-ups for the other grades bought directly from publishers for R126m.

Lovemore said Motshekga's assurance textbooks would be delivered on time was not a victory.

"That a court of law had to direct the department to do its job, and stop violating learners' human rights, is no achievement."

Madisha said: "The minister must realise that the education catastrophe is not in the Eastern Cape and Limpopo only, as she seems to optimistically outline.

"Other provinces are also suffering when it comes to methods and infrastructure used to engineer the learning processes."

Lovemore said a National Council of Provinces finance report showed systemic problems existed within the department. These included a dysfunctional administration and payment delays for service providers.

Madisha said the constantly changing curriculum suggested the department did not know how to deal with its current problems.

The national department took over the running of Limpopo's education department in December, following maladministration. The provincial department had more staff than was budgeted for, there was over-spending, and a shortage of textbooks and stationery for the 2012 school year.

Motshekga said the goal was to have one textbook per child, per subject, by 2014.

  • Erna - 2012-06-15 22:21

    They'd better start printing those textbooks now for 2014 and forget about 2013! Wonder if those text books have been written yet and in all eleven languages!

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-06-15 22:32

    The problem should never have occurred in the first place...totally unacceptable!

  • oscar.vanriel - 2012-06-15 22:55

    The ANC is really, really becoming totally ridiculous with their lies of success...don't they have any shame?

      infijar.ken - 2012-06-16 10:26

      During times of Universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act - George Orwell.

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-06-15 23:22

    We could talk about great strides till the cows come home.

  • Ian - 2012-06-15 23:43

    In my opinion it all comes down to one simple reason, most of Government is lacking in "Basic education"...............

  • chris.summers.3954 - 2012-06-16 01:08

    Cadre deployment at it's me this looks like a simple enough job, assess how many textbooks are required, buy textbooks from the publisher and then throw out a tender to RTT, Ram, or whatever for delivering to the schools countrywide. That's it in a nutshell, I'd love to know where this simple plan came apart, especially considering that this department is hardly underfunded. I can see a few schools in outlying areas not receiving their books on time, but this situation right here redefines the meaning of incompetence. This muppet is paid around 1.5 Million a year, for doing what exactly? Then again, we're talking about Limpopo here, the most africanised province of South Africa (EC closing in!), so it's hardly surprising.

  • nkoanejack.mathabatha - 2012-06-16 02:10

    A lot of people here just talk but have no idea of how it's like growing up in rural areas. Education was never better in those areas. We just studied hard. People now laugh at us for not pronouncing English words properly as if they can prononounce words in our languages. The only way to learn was to read, the teachers helped but they talk like us and those who taught them talk exactly like that. Remember the chicken licken burger ad? A lot of black people say it exactly like in the ad. We had no TV, so, how were we supposed to hear how words are pronounced? We attended some classes under trees and the few classrooms that were/are there were built by our parents with their bare hands. I'm not saying what the education dept in Limpopo or the ministry for that matter did or are doing is not wrong, it is wrong and those at grass roots level are equally at fault. We at least had books but we also paid school fees, all of us. We still have a long way to go. What I don't get is people whose children don't attend public schools busy talking about things that don't affect them that much. Those who really care should show by actions, by donating school uniforms or something. Talk is cheap.

      Dee - 2012-06-16 03:20

      You make very valid points - and I salute you for the excellence of your English language usage. No small achievement! In my area, civil society - through clubs - are very active in sponsoring uniforms, feeding schemes, and fantastic projects of teacher training and supplying MOTHER TONGUE learner books, volunteering with English reading assistance to many 'farmland' and semi-rural schools. All out foreign friends (German, British etc) who visit also donate generously. I guess there is also a great need in more remote rural areas - but the logistics to help there is difficult for 'civil society clubs' to reach. My personal 'passion' is helping with a private bursary fund for talented opera singers - because there is pitiful little funding of 'the arts', and such incredible singing talent in this country. Several of 'our' bursary fund students have gone on to international opera careers. There is great joy in helping learners - but it is VERY depressing (and makes me angry!!) that govt is failing them so badly and seems to waste too much money.

      pws69 - 2012-06-16 05:54

      There are so many organisations helping, they just don't get the credit. Who brought the court action? Equal education. But there is only so much we can do. Out school (of which I am SGB chair) adopt a poor school to assist. We are a government school. We recently took the decision to review our partner school, as the current one is now sufficiently resourced, and we want to adopt a poorer school to help. Our parents are normal, hard waorking, middle class families. We don't all have much disposible income, but we help in any event. The point I am trying to make is that even though you may not be aware of them, there are tens of thousands of organisations and even other schools helping. But we can only do so much. As to people teasing you about your pronunciation, who gives a damn what they think, especially you. In the greater scheme of things they are complete non entities in your life. Show them the middle finger, then ignore them. They obviously have self esteem issues. Just get on with the job, and live YOUR life as you see fit.

      nkoanejack.mathabatha - 2012-06-16 18:56

      I'm so glad to hear that there are those who care and I'm sure the help is highly appreciated. I sincerly hope you keep the fire burning. With education we can build a better SA as people will be in a position to make better decisions. Majority of poor kids are in that situation because their parents lacked education. I've always wanted to help but didn't know how to start. I now feel inspired and hope I'll have the courage to start. @Dee, I read your other comments and I totally agree with you when you say we need a new party with no baggage from the past. I've come up with the idea on Facebook but no one seem interested. Working with people from different backgrounds and countries has helped me to see people as people not black or white. I'm sure starting a party won't be easy, drafting constitutions and all that but if honest people who care about the people of SA could come together they can achieve what seems unachievable. But we shouldn't forget that power corrupts. Maybe SA should amend the constitution, allow only one term for a president. Another disturbing factor is seeing racist comments. We are so blind to see who is right and who is wrong. People should realize that stupidity has nothing to do with race. I believe that a lot of honest people who are still behind the ANC are loyal to the movement not the current leadership. SA belongs to all of us! Dee and pws69,keep up the good work, SA needs people like you!

  • Sagin - 2012-06-16 02:21

    Can Anc supporters not see how the goverment has failed them? Can they not see how they say one thing but do another? billions and billions wasted and stolen, 18 Years. Where are the fruits? why are my people grossly under educated? why are schools underperforming, falling apart or none existent? Can You really not see that they are lying to you and using you???

      Dee - 2012-06-16 04:12

      Many do Sagin. But can you imagine the rock-and-a-hard place many black voters find themselves in? We really do need a new party that does not carry the baggage of 'Racist Past' or 'Struggle Liberators(?)' - PLUS a great deal of ???personal communication and bridging work across our society. Frankly - the average 'white' poster here has been a sad education for me as I oft log off this site feeling 'anti-DA' / anti-whites after the truly hateful way we go about communicating past each other.

      pws69 - 2012-06-16 05:59

      Really Dee? Anti Da/Anti White because of a few posters? Not Anti ANC/Anti Black because we often have even more hateful comments from a few black ANC supporting posters? Really? Why don't you do us all a favour and stay logged off for good. ***Just shaking my head in disbelief***

      Dee - 2012-06-16 08:29

      It's not a few posters. In the past few days there has been an effort by moderators to clean up. The point I make is that reading significant % comments on this site reinforces negative stereotypes of arrogant, ignorant, predictably prejudiced whites - and too oft an apology is owed to H.Zille who represents an entirely different ethos. I read these posts empathetically through a black persons eyes, and recognise the number of cheap votes supposed DA supporters earn the ruling party.

      pws69 - 2012-06-16 10:12

      @Dee, Well your comment, and your views, just talk to the way you choose to view the world. A couple of points, how many of those posters do you think are DA members, and how many just want a DA government as the only alternative available to stem endemic ANC corruption and mismanagemebnt? I am an active member of the DA and I can state categorically that I have never, at any of the congresses I have attended, experienced these racist and condecending attitudes. The DA have no control over who supports and votes for them, only who speaks for them. So your anti DA comment just exposes your ignorance and prejudices. As to anti white. So, a few few prolific commentors can change our opinion of an entire race. Well done. The depth of your intellect and your EQ astounds all of us. We bow in submission. Seriously, had you chosen anti A-hole as your position, then you might have garnered a lot more support, including mine. What I have seen over the last few days is WHITE commentors taking these white racists to task for their comments.

      Dee - 2012-06-16 16:26

      I conclude we have more in common than you give me credit for - and I've failed to make my point. I will own the failure and apologise.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-16 03:51

    AND to get the pass rate up the standard has been lowered !! We as a nation DON'T COME CLOSE to 1st world countries...NOT BY A LONG SHOT !! But then TIA !! Please feel sorry for us for we are cripples !!

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-06-16 04:54

    Dear ANC, So this is what you call "SERVICE DELIVERY" ?? Not very good at it are you !!!

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-06-16 05:50

    What I've noticed from these ministers is that they talk too much and not deliver. The ANC needs work people's votes now, we are not cheering for history now.

  • Kevin - 2012-06-16 05:52

    What is worse is the Government ignoring those cabale citizens who could be deployed to fix this mess - and all the others - for the benefit of the people - however due to the ANC's policy of national racialism they are excluded.

  • Mduduzi Tshabalala - 2012-06-16 06:19

    It really is a shame that a court of law had to order your department to do its job, a job which by the way is one of the key instruments we can use to end poverty in this country. When a court orders you to do your job, that is no "stride" of any measure whatsoever Mrs. Minister!!! And i really dont care what your department's excuse is for not delivering those textbooks in the first place, im sure your salary alone is enough to cover a good number of schools in Limpopo. JayZ....i think Mrs. Minister here should be next on your firing list!

      nkoanejack.mathabatha - 2012-06-16 19:06

      A lot of these politicians are there to earn a fat salary, enjoy free services and take their children to private schools to secure their future. They don't care about the people who put them in those positions.

  • donald - 2012-06-16 06:39

    WE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF THE ANC EXCUSE, "WE MADE A MISTAKE", you know after 18 years it is a bit tired, useless bunch of sheep

  • celest.pretorius.9 - 2012-06-16 07:06

    Just how difficult is it to procure textbooks. They have the learner numbers, they can start ordering the books now, the books can be printed and delivered by end 2012, ready for 2013, or am I misunderstanding the issue????

  • Dipstix Dup - 2012-06-16 07:09

    Liars and Thieves. How many millions was corrupted from state coffers to the hands of these liars and thieves. You make me sick ANC! Every year its promises of do this n do that just to make more funds available for even more thieving. U should also go on trial for inhumanity. SICK!

  • miriam.dandrea.5 - 2012-06-16 08:21

    I'm astonished that we're not all up in arms!! It is June 16 today and the youth in Limpopo are now - maybe- getting their textbooks. It is the end of the second term! It is iniquitous!! The future of each child depends on an excellent education. This is an injustice which grows a virulent cancer in society. The Minister sadly is the one who holds the can. But what a total mess!! How many people have failed in their responsibility.

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