Catch-up plan inadequate: Section27

2012-08-01 21:26

Johannesburg - The basic education department's catch-up plan for Limpopo is inadequate, lobby group Section27 said on Wednesday.

"We believe that the plan is inadequate and a clear violation of both the 17 May court order and our agreement with the department," said spokesperson Mark Heywood.

The plan outlines ways to make up for schooling time lost this year because of the late or non-delivery of textbooks to schools in Limpopo.

Section27 obtained a court order earlier in the year for textbooks to be delivered by June 15. The department missed the deadline.

In a meeting between Section27 and the department on June 21, a revised date of June 27 was set. This deadline was also missed.

In a report, former education director general Mary Metcalfe indicated that only 15% of books had been delivered to schools by June 27.

The department appointed Metcalfe last month to investigate the non-delivery of textbooks.

Heywood said the catch-up plan fell short of the requirements, which included the setting of timelines and identifying the extent that quality of teaching was compromised because of lack of textbooks. "It seems that the department's only plan is the distribution of subject guides by the end of August... that is three-and-a-half months after the court order."

Heywood said his organisation was concerned that the department had stopped reporting on the progress on the delivery of textbooks. "In view of this outcome, we are consulting our legal team, parents, principals, teachers and pupils to decide how to proceed."

Minister Angie Motshekga met principals in Limpopo on Wednesday to discuss the plan.

Education spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi dismissed Heywood's criticism.

"We completely reject that statement. The minister has just met with over 2 000 principals, who gave the plan the thumbs up."

He said Section27 had misread the report.

"Our plan is quite extensive. The minister will soon meet with teacher unions to conclude a remuneration agreement as part of the plan."

He said the department would present its progress report to the court this month, as was ordered in the ruling made in May.

  • ChrisMandyReed - 2012-08-01 22:29

    Why remunerate teachers for the extra time put in. Any decent teacher would be just about up to date with their teaching. Those not worth the name don't deserve their job, let alone remuneration for doing the extra.

      thandiwe.ngema.71 - 2012-08-01 23:14

      The ANC has failed to educate us South Africans - especially us black South Africans - it is time to give another party a chance at governing. We need to show the ANC that they are DEMOCRATICALLY accountable for their governance; good and bad (bad in this case)...

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-02 07:52

      Thandiwe you are right, this Limpopo education situation angers me, I cannot believe they do this to thier own people, people that voted for them, it is shocking, education is a basic right, it is in the constitution, there is a court order for the ANC Govt to comply with delivery of school books, & they havent even obeyed the court order, this is not a government, this is a disgrace !!!!!!!

      fussed.anderson - 2012-08-02 08:08

      You what gets to me is, befor 94 the blacks were striking, burning down and closing roads because they said there was a lack of education for the black people. Now 18yr later they now have less education, yet they just accept this go on with life and just complain

  • Gerda Malherbe - 2012-08-01 22:38

    Deduct their pay for all those months they didn't teach because there were no books, then you'll break even

  • phila.kunene.355 - 2012-08-01 22:49

    This Section 27 would rather be the whole book because being a certain section in the whole document makes it more deurmekaar. Has there been no learning at all in Limpompo since the beginning of the year? Are these teachers Who are now friends of the Section 27 and the rest of the complainants telling the world that for the past months they were paid for doing nothing? A teacher who has been teaching Maths for 3 years would not know what to teach grade 6 because there were no textbooks and because textbooks were not delivered there would be 38 provinces in RSA instead of 9! There is not a single school in RSA that has got 100% resources there will always be enough to material to use but not 100%. It does not matter how much rich one is, there will always be something bad/improper/negative about you. You may not be good in washing your mouth always having a bad smell, your going to the tiolet renders your R18m masion a drain, people who want to vomit que at your gate to get a plimpse at your armpits etc. Section 27 we have had enough and pls leave pupils and teachers out of this and fight the ANC period!

  • andre.webster.10 - 2012-08-02 00:10

    Watching UNbelieveable slimy incompentent clown working her way through to get away with murder, this time all she have to open her legs for Mr Spear not to fire her.

  • Nasreen Deedat - 2012-08-02 05:39

    while i agree that the ANC has failed in its duty to provide the textbooks. what happened to the textbooks from the previous years? surely you can still continue with teaching. we used textbooks for years when i was in school.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-08-02 07:08

      They probably threw them away, or burnt them

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-02 07:48

      the curriculum changed & they are no longer useful, what is astonishing is how these school headmasters, teachers & parents can go most of the year without books & not say or do anything, why did they not go to the media, Ill tell you why, they were scared of going against the ANC govt, so they would rather remain silent & watch their children go without education, its a sad situation, this is what you call dictatorship, when the government brainwashes its people into supporting them no matter what.

      dewalds3 - 2012-08-02 08:17

      Exactly. They checked that we still had our books at the end of each term - I once misplaced my 'Afrikaanse Spelreëls' - had to drive with the bus to Van Schaik's and buy a new one. When I found the misplaced book, I also gave it to the school, what could I do with it?

  • Vince.York - 2012-08-02 06:48

    Uguh ugah uuga haaooow buguuh!

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-02 07:43

    ANC you are USELESS, you cant even educate your own black people, you lie, you blame, you dont care about the people that voted for you, they gave you a mandate to govern, & what did you do, you said, to hell with you, I am in power, you will serve me. You corruption, your arrogance, your hipocracy is disgusting, even the DA is doing a better job of caring for the Limpopo students than you, I hope that black voters see you for what you are, a bunch of useless, selfish, greedy, intollerant fools.

  • Hangwanie - 2012-08-02 07:45

    We dont need this, all we need is for the minister to leave office.

      dewalds3 - 2012-08-02 08:18

      We are talking about the whole cabinet, mate...

  • peter.j.cock - 2012-08-02 08:19

    She said it is not her fault !!!! Bloody liar All she is doing is trying to find a scape goat and is wanting to hold onto her high paying job. - She justs sits on her fat ar#e and drinks Johnny Walker. If she was competent enough to be given the position, then this F*%K up would not have happenened in the first place. This is what happens when you deloy your friends instead of employing experienced people to do a job. GET RID OF THIS BI*CH and put somebody in place who WILL make a difference.

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