Angie announces textbook hotline

2012-08-01 20:15

Johannesburg - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has set up a call centre for Limpopo schools which have not yet received their textbooks.

Addressing the media in at the Greenside Primary School in Polokwane on Wednesday, Motshekga said teachers and principals can use the hotline to inform the department if they have not received their books consignments.

This comes in the wake of complaints from schools that they still have not received textbooks despite promises by Motshekga that all schools will have received their foundation phases and Grade 10 textbooks when they reopened for the third term last month.

“There are areas where we had challenges. There are schools which didn’t receive books because service providers dumped them.

"There are schools that may not have received textbooks because of the sabotage we experienced in the province. Some [service providers] may not have dumped them but they are still in their trucks.”

Last month, a 44-year-old clerk in the department of education was arrested and charged with malicious damage to property after two consignments of books were dumped under a bridge in the Letaba River near Tzaneen and in Giyani.

Catch-up plan

Motshekga also announced the rollout of the catch-up plan which is aimed at ensuring that foundation phase and Grade 10 learners get to grips with the content they missed during the first and second terms as a result of the lack of books.

As part of the catch-up plan, Saturday classes will be introduced for Grade 10s. Motshekga also announced a spring camp for Grade 12s to ensure they are well prepared for the year-end exams.

Onica Dedren, a senior manager in the department said the catch-up plan was based on a questionnaire the department had sent to teachers. “We asked them what is it that was not covered during the first and second terms. We analysed the [new] curriculum and looked at the changes.

“In most of the subjects, the content has not changed. In other subjects there are minimal changes. Most of the teachers indicated that they covered the content irrespective of whether they had textbooks or not. Others indicated that there are topics which they struggled with.”

She said the department opted to develop subject guides which will help both teachers and learners with the catch-up plan. “The guides focus on topics which teachers say they struggled with. As soon as the guides hit the schools, teachers will have to infuse the content into their day-to-day teaching.”

On reports that many learners had failed as a result of the lack of books, Dedren said the department will have to analyse the mid-year exams to see if indeed learners failed as a result of the unavailability of books or underperformance.

Motshekga said it could not be concluded that learners failed as a result of the lack of books unless their results were compared with those of the past two years.

Meanwhile, the DA challenged the ANC to adopt its strategy to ensure that by 2014 all learners have their own books by the beginning of the academic year.

DA leader in the National Assembly Lindiwe Mazibuko, who was in Polokwane, said the ANC should: order the right books for the right learners, eliminate corruption in the procurement of textbooks, match the DA’s textbook funding allocation, deliver the textbooks before the beginning of the academic calendar and provide a textbook for every child for every core subject in their grade.

Motshekga said she would meet will all MECs on Thursday to discuss ways to ensure that all learner and teacher support material is delivered on time for the next academic year.

  • derrico.heus - 2012-08-01 16:26

    Stop being so stupid you daft mare. Resign! Go! Just bugger off your useless.

      Squeegee - 2012-08-01 20:35

      Do these schools have phones that work?

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-08-01 20:42

      Too little too late, Angie. You have not been earning your salary. Time to go!!!!!

      fussed.anderson - 2012-08-01 21:29

      You have dug your grave, get in it NOW and stop using up our air

      pws69 - 2012-08-01 21:33

      @Leonard, she leads the ANC womens league. That is enough reason for Zuma to keep quiet.

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-08-01 21:40

      A Hot Line for text books thats not delivered in AUGUST ! Oh my word... And they have a catch up plan and they have less than 90 days of school left. This is going to be more fun to watch than the Olimpics...

  • maggsnaidu - 2012-08-01 17:04

    Hmmm! Was it outsourced to TeleSolutions? Contact points are underwater, in the rubbish dump and/or nearest rcycling facilities!

  • david.mlambo.77 - 2012-08-01 20:37

    Another hotline. What happened to the presidential hotline lol?\r\nWell Angie u did know about the Limpopo saga and did nothing so what will the hotline do lol kikikiki

  • gcj.wood - 2012-08-01 20:40

    Calls charged at premium rate of course!!

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  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-08-01 20:53

    the anc's answer to everything. Set up a call centre. It'll work like everything else the anc sets up - not at all.

  • Erna - 2012-08-01 21:00

    Too little too late! Why call it sabotage when it is plain and simple mismanagement on many fronts.

  • CORNHOLIO - 2012-08-01 21:11

    ring ring ring ring ring ring..............ring ring ring *click*

      mmredlana - 2012-08-01 22:19

      @ Lee thats true.ha ha ha!

      mmredlana - 2012-08-01 22:20

      @ Lee thats true.ha ha ha!

  • james.moffatt.1238 - 2012-08-01 21:25

    That's an embarrasing move..

  • justin.massyn - 2012-08-01 21:30

    What a load of frikken bollocks. Just leave you incompetent individual, you are the weakest link, well the whole chain is actually rather useless but we will get there.

  • John - 2012-08-01 21:32

    This ignorant fails to comprehend that she and all MINISTERS are answerable to the PEOPLE so they should always have a HOTLINE to be called on. If they maintain communication with the PEOPLE they may be able to SERVE the PEOPLE. They are not autonomous autocratic little tin GODS.

  • pws69 - 2012-08-01 21:33

    Does Angie even realise that by establishing the hotline that she has condemned all (cadre deployed) District Offices as useless? Our District Office here in Sandton employs well over 100 staff, with several at Director level, with commensurate salaries. JHB alone has several district offices. We therefore have several thousand (cadre deployed) employees in Limpopo who are USELESS. Why are we paying them?

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-08-01 21:58

    Why hasn't this useless heap of dung been sacked already?

      tw2066 - 2012-08-02 05:33

      Probably because that other useless piece of dung JZ needs this piece of dungs supportm when the rest of the pile of dung meet in Managa oooong to talk a load of dung. All smells to me too buddy!!

  • amos.simelane - 2012-08-01 22:06

    It is already late. Should these kids pass their exams something smelling would have happened to their scripts. How on earth can the poor learners pass after being without LTSM for such a huge chunk of the year? Otherwise there was need for such books at all, these learners have ALL the knowledge from somewhere, maybe from space if needs be.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-08-01 22:27

    Where is your pride and decency Angie....why drag this should be gone already. On the SABC3 News's this stupid woman say,"What's the hurry"..with this. Well that clearly shows why the textbooks took so long (7mths) this woman has no concept of urgency....she will probably not think it an issue if these books arrive next year sometime..JUST GO..GO

  • amos.simelane - 2012-08-01 22:52

    I know exactly some heads are going to roll, in their tax- payers exclusively paid for expensive grand for nothing cars and someone is going to blame the late stupid and good for nothing Mr Verwoed. If you checked today's Sowetan respond to the following: Did the idiot Verwoed ressurected from his nasty grave and got a position in Limpopo and thereafter instructed that there should be no books for poor kids in that province? Did the unsung boer hero participate in the Salary Negotiations whereby educators will be awarded good for nothing certificates of service without any mandate from the membership? Masingasukeli ibhunu lenkosi who is awaiting the amagerdon to face his crimes.3 minutes ago · LikeUnlike.

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-02 05:28

    And this is the great ANC that the peeeepol vote for. The putty they defend? Strange peeepol, useless putty. And these keeeds without boooks are the futcha of the ANC?? Better yet, the same woooman that is playing with the keeeds futchas is also the chief cooook for the Wooomans League? Great putty this ANC ne??

  • osama.pascal - 2012-08-02 07:14

    Anegelinah just snap out of it. Zuma's hotline never worked. Stop wating tax payers' money on garbage. You are so fired okay!

  • carolnhlanhla.gamede - 2012-08-02 09:03

    i also think its probably best for Angie to resign, as this is very incompetent and for her to blame service providers thats not professional of her.......being the Premier she is shes suppose to be taking charge and responsibility for this me it sounds like you do not care at all about the children education, since their not yours, if you were empathising , firm and doing your Job im sure the text books would have got to the schools on time.....

  • Alex - 2012-08-02 12:35

    Can I submit a tender for the call centre ? Or has Angie got that already sorted ?

  • Billy - 2012-08-02 14:59

    "Motshekga said it could not be concluded that learners failed as a result of the lack of books" has this person been to school before? did she complete school? WHAT?!? LOL! they dont need a call centre, they need textbooks. this "illusion" that you are doing something means nothing. creating a hotline for this, makes the fact that you dont know what you are doing worse. quit! or get fired! if nobody said anything about the textbooks, you would still not have done anything, you are USELESS. YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO KNOW E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G THAT GOES ON WITHIN THE EDUCATION OF SOUTH AFRICA! THATS WHAT YOU ARE PAID FOR! sorry4caps. getting sick of this person's lies and the people that are protecting her and looking for ways to get her out of trouble.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-02 18:36

    zooms zooms little darling. She wont be fired mark my words. Zoomer is very desperate of her vote and that of her useless womans league. Its a very sad world when we have to put up lies and arrogance from a government minister in basic education. She better no apply for a job in Obama's cabinet, he would have thrown her out a long time ago. She is lucky this is a banana republic. She is defintely not fit for any office.

  • roger.wardsmith - 2012-08-02 19:45

    ANGELINA MOTSHEKGA'S ... "" Claimed credentials "" - Teacher Orlando High School, Bachelor of Educational Science (Wits) , Masters Degree in Education (Wits) , Bachelor of Arts (Wits) , Lecturer Academia, Education and Training (Wits) , 1994 - 2009 Several Executive Governmental positions, 2009 - 2012 Minister of Basic Education. - Sorry, but nobody with this level of ( claimed ) education can possibly be so stupid. - I smell a very LARGE rat here !!

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