DA calls for Masemola to be sacked

2012-12-04 17:20

Johannesburg - Limpopo Education MEC Dickson Masemola must be removed following the announcement of the Annual National Assessment results, the DA said on Tuesday.

"We strongly believe that the textbook debacle had an awful impact on the assessment of our learners," Democratic Alliance MP Jacques Smalle said in a statement on Tuesday.

The conditions of schools were becoming untenable under Masemola, he said.

Grade 9 pupils in Limpopo scored one of the worst results, with an average of 8.5% in maths.

On Monday, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said provincial marks in mathematics ranged between nine percent and 17%.

Limpopo education marred by the non-delivery of textbooks this year, with the department missing numerous delivery deadlines.

In July, there were calls for Masemola's resignation following the textbook saga.

A report by University of the Witwatersrand education professor Mary Metcalfe found that not all Limpopo schools had received books by a 27 June deadline, even though the department claimed 98 percent of learning material had been delivered.

Human rights group, Section27, took the department to court to force it to deliver textbooks.

Limpopo's former education administrator Anis Karodia reportedly blamed Masemola for contributing to the department's unauthorised expenditure of R2.2bn.

As a result, it had failed to provide textbooks to pupils seven months into the school year, he said.

Karodia accused Masemola of "subtle interference" in the awarding of contracts.

Masemola denied any wrongdoing and said Karodia's report was "pure lies".

  • piet.motsoeneng - 2012-12-04 17:29

    Long overdue if you ask me!

      andrew.hendrikse - 2012-12-04 17:51

      Send him back to school!!!

      greg.quinn.353 - 2012-12-04 18:04

      He won't learn anything!

      brasteve.myaluze - 2012-12-05 08:11

      He would have been brought to book long time ago, but unfortunately there weren't any books.

  • godfrey.welman - 2012-12-04 17:33

    There is a bigger chance that he will be promoted for a job well done, keeping them uneducated and dependent on grants.

  • luzukotosh - 2012-12-04 17:36

    he wont be removed. bcoz of Mangaung

  • khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-12-04 17:42

    Keep on calling DA maybe 1 day u will be called to do the sacking.

  • jerry.phillips.393 - 2012-12-04 17:45

    Get rid of Limpopo, NC and NW provinces. Corruption is rife in these provinces. People will continue to suffer if they exist.

      nick.tarr.39 - 2012-12-04 18:04

      How exactly will this solve anything?

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-04 19:18

      Agreed - well at least for Limpopo. Limpopo is costing the country at least 5x more than it should and the hits just keep coming. Sell it to Zimbabwe.

  • theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-12-04 17:47

    A very sad state of affairs currenly all over South Africa. I wonder if people realy realise the extend of total collapse. Education, Health, Public Works, Internal affairs and so the list goes on. We all seem to focus on the news of the day. Today its education, last week it was Public works, the previous month health... Put it all together and look at the big picture - very very scary indeed.

      Erna - 2012-12-04 18:04

      Agree - but at least this forum allows us to vent our anger and we know we are not alone in our frustrations. If anyone can make a suggestion on what we can do to change things I'm game. Just don't suggest voting for change - while this makes sense in normal democracies it's not going to happen here.

      indianajohn - 2012-12-04 18:08

      Indeed. Unfortunately the government itself can't seem to see past tomorrow either. While the collapse doesn't happen overnight, we are setting new speed records here, I'm pretty sure of that. They really don't understand that building something takes 1000 times longer than destroying it. That goes for everything from libraries, trains, buses and traffic lights to the law and education systems. The damage done to education alone in the last year will take a decade of fixing by people who know what they're doing, but they aren't allowed anywhere near it. Average marks of 9% for Maths aren't just bad. You can get 9% just by turning up for the exam after never going to class once. It's a complete and utter failure in education, and it should be setting alarm bells ringing all over the government. It is the most serious, immediate problem in SA. And yet I'm sure that most people involved with the ANC were more concerned with the quality of their lunches today.

      bryan.culross - 2012-12-04 18:11

      I am sorry but there is NO hope for an improvement. Whilst ppl are (obviously) reluctant to accept such bad news that is the brutal truth. If anything, one should expect further spirals downwards.

  • Desilusionada - 2012-12-04 17:54

    Let just one person again tell me how bad Bantu Education was!!.......

      francois.snyman.98 - 2012-12-04 18:38

      Please enlighten us about your statement, because I'm sure many of us readers were not around during Apartheid. I have often read this statement on here and am beginning to wonder if this wasn't in fact true. The complaints don't seem to be coming from Model C or private schools, but the rural schools seem to be in shambles. The question I have is if people like Nelson Mandela and Matthews Phosa managed to become attorneys, then how bad could education standards have been during Apartheid? If we leave Limpopo out of this discussion for a moment due to all the corruption going on, then one must wonder if all the blame should be on the shoulders of the Minister of Basic Education? I have to ask this question bluntly and it is the following. Do we have a "learning culture" at all? We can't blame poor Angie if she has to manage non-existent teachers and millions of learners that don't want to learn. Every year we see more and more black students achieving distinctions in all their subjects. Isn't it a case, as seen with one girl last year that achieved 7 distinctions sharing a one roomed house with 8 other people in the Eastern cape, that if somebody really has the desire to learn, the opportunities are there. I am not blaming Angie for this situation. It is a cultural issue and studying simply isn't a priority.

      Desilusionada - 2012-12-04 19:07

      Well the students/learner/scholars that DID come out of the Bantu Education are those that achieved all sorts of academic distinctions. Point of my (lets call it emotional) statement is that the standards were higher than today. Please read a bit of Rian Malan's Book, "resident Alien". He is better than me with words. The facts speak for themselves. Post 94 and the cancellation of school text books, the firing of teachers as "surplus" the decision that education was not necessary for SA to succeed etc. But please also do your own research, do not just blindly believe the man! It was, and probably is still, a belief that SA does not need educated people. My vindication for believing this is based on: The civil engineering disasters w.r.t. sewerage and electrical infrastructure maintenance. People killed in bus and other industrial "accidents" as a result of poor maintenance practices. These are 3 fold: Inability to generate the necessary skills levels (acknowledged by government), as a result of poor education practices i.e. maths etc. The belief that preventative maintenance created jobs for "whites" The structuring of salary packages to reward on net profit, thus removal of maintenance costs is a nice business practise. Bottom Line: If Bantu Education was so bad, why does the Government not need "white expertise"? Did the "racists" not all flee already? Bantu Education was good, otherwise the Government would not have had all the answers, would they?.

      pierre.nortje.581 - 2012-12-04 19:13

      Bantu education was not bad it was horrible. It was terribly bad. Cry the beloved country. But why is the ANC now trying to outdo the old racist NP government by trying to be EVEN WORSE than them? Ask your father (if you are black) if his education was worse than that of your son. I think your son is much worse off:- but ask your father and let us know ... Pierre

      francois.snyman.98 - 2012-12-04 20:03

      Thank you both of you for the replies. I am getting the feeling, like with most contentious issues in this country, that it has become far more convenient to blame somebody or something, than to get up and save yourself. I'm not saying Angie is perfect, but I certainly don't want her job at all. She is made a scapegoat of far too many people that would rather blame her for their own lack of drive, than actually grab all the opportunities the ANC has created for all, flawed as they are. Over the weekend I read that students at university currently get rewarded with bursaries if they reach their final year of study. What more can a student wish for? I have very little praise for the ANC of today, but let us give the devil his due where he deserves it. The time has come for this nation to take responsibility for their own actions. There is absolutely no point in blaming the ANC, but voting for them just so you can have an excuse for the next 5 years to burn everything down.

  • mogolobaneng - 2012-12-04 18:01

    Given that Angie Motshekga was a lecturer at wits and soweto college, her department is soo f**k*d up I can't help but wonder how did she get to be a lecturer. I mean her expertise if she did have any, is so wasted. I call for her sacking!

      mandla.dlamini.524 - 2012-12-05 15:39

      quite ridiculous to hear someone talk about bantu education, i could prefered to not even start because your scratching thy heal wound, let me tell about bantu stan, it was meant as it by itself meant that blackman must understand by white in workplace and nothing else. i started my schooling from first year till matric without textbook that you talk about today, schalk was a problem, we were used to be given notes on board or verbal, textbook were only have by teacher, you were sometimes got it if your parent afford, but it was difficult to our parent to buy exercise book, so if you can find some statistics about africans who were able to complete their primary education it was a disaster.lot i can reveal,painful, if you don't know where we come yuo won,t know where we are, so better have truth than hipocracy statements

  • jacyjays.letsoalo - 2012-12-04 18:15

    SATIRE This was a deliberate measure by the President to distabilise the province for winning favour Ahead of the Mangaung Conference! And they also wanted to make sure that learners must read like our dear State President! The state of our sad

  • shaun.clark.1272 - 2012-12-04 18:34

    Nobody will be removed or disciplined until all voting promises have been fulfilled post Mangaung! The only thing you can hope for is that society at large awakens from this horrific nightmare they have been sold into! Pitiful indeed!

  • nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-12-04 18:37

    About time to check their after hours drinking habits, especially during the week. hic.

  • siphoza.zandela - 2012-12-04 18:41

    Die damn swart mense van die ANC-regering kan nie iets kry wat reg in hierdie land nie. Ek is van mening dat die ANC hulle mense un-opgeleide en dom wil hou, so dat hulle kan beheer en manipuleer die massas, sodat hulle nie sal stem uit die ANC. Kom ons bewys aan al die blankes wat swart mense is nie dom en un-opgeleide en hulle beter te leer ken. Dit is wat die swart regerings in ander Afrika-lande, hulle hou die massas un-opgevoed deur die ondergang van die onderwys stelsels, so dat die mense / massas nie kan kry slim en stem hulle korrupte regerings. Moenie laat die ANC hou die massas un-opgeleide en moenie toelaat dat die ANC hou trek die wol oor die swart man se oë .... wakker swart mede broers en suster, voordat dit te laat is. Neem die wol uit jou oë as die ANC wil om die massas blind te hou en wil die massas te manipuleer. Ek swart myself, sodat ek kan nie 'n rassis nie en ek is lief vir die wit mense. Ek vergewe die blankes van 'n Apartied; dit is nou die res van die swart broers en suster om die blankes te vergewe vir 'n apartied.

  • siphoza.zandela - 2012-12-04 18:41

    Damn watu weusi ya ANC serikali hawawezi kupata chochote haki katika nchi hii. Mimi nina mawazo kwamba ANC wanataka kushika watu wao un-elimu na kijinga, ili waweze kudhibiti na kuendesha raia, hivyo kwamba hawawezi kupiga kura nje ya ANC. Ushahidi Hebu kwa wazungu wote kuwa watu weusi si wajinga na un-elimu na wanajua bora. Hii ndiyo serikali nyeusi kufanya katika nchi nyingine za Afrika; wao kushika raia un-elimu na yanaangamiza mifumo ya elimu, ili watu / raia hawawezi kupata smart na kupiga kura nje serikali zao rushwa. Je, si lets ANC kushika raia un-elimu na usiruhusu ANC kushika kuunganisha pamba juu ya macho ya mtu mweusi .... Wake up ndugu wenzao weusi na dada, mbele ni kuchelewa mno. Kuchukua pamba mbali macho yako kama ANC wanataka kushika raia vipofu na wanataka kuendesha raia. Mimi nina mweusi mwenyewe hivyo siwezi kuwa mbaguzi na I love watu weupe. Mimi umesamehewa wazungu wa Apartied, ni sasa mapumziko ya ndugu nyeusi na dada wa kusamehe wazungu kwa apartied.

      hendrik.bruwer.3 - 2012-12-04 19:39

      nice. you write fluently in 3 languages. impressive!

  • kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-04 18:45

    Fire Zuma

  • siphoza.zandela - 2012-12-04 18:47

    Please Zuma, fire the black beauty, She is no good as Limpopo Education MEC or Zimpopo Education MEC..............

  • lawrence.sathekge - 2012-12-04 18:49

    Jacob G. Zuma, The main CULPRIT...No Leadership but A MAN PLEASER!!!

  • antjie.vanstraaten - 2012-12-04 18:58

    The province with the highest marks only 17%! I am afraid all the MEC's and the minister should be fired.

  • pierre.nortje.581 - 2012-12-04 19:02

    The ANC must NEVER fire these IDIOTS ... It will reduce the DA-campaigning ads for the next election by millions of rands ... I mean, SOME black voters will surely see the crap they will be stuck with for the next 4 years if the ANC keep these idiots in their positions for that long? Pierre

  • danny.levin.33 - 2012-12-04 19:34

    Here comes a new generation of cANCer voters... they will be kept undaducated and gullible and most importantly they will be unemployable, therefore they will vote for the paahty that gives them the most handouts (or at least promises to do so)

  • lee.brand.73 - 2012-12-04 20:08

    Why fire him? His performance is pretty much in line with the rest. 17% is about what we can expect.

  • thabo.manganye - 2012-12-04 20:31

    If people where sacked every time they fail to achieve , then every other position in government will be vacant.

  • Zahir - 2012-12-04 20:32

    Nothing will happen it is easier for the anc to control and manipulate 1000 uneducated voters then 1 educated voter

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-12-04 20:47

    Only one word to describe this - PATHETIC!!!

  • richardnealejohn.underwood - 2012-12-04 21:03

    someone said id that malema got 20 % for woodwork recently but 8.5 % for maths by an idiot has to be a new low . Bantu education had to have been pretty good unless you can give another reason why Presidents of other countries in Africa came to Apartheid schools and Varsities for the best education available .It had bad name amongst some of its scholars because they were at the time insinuating that their schoolwork was too hard and the whites had it easier ...oh its always had an excuse....

  • bless.boswell - 2012-12-04 22:30

    Never in the history of this country have results been this poor. At whose door is the public going to lay the blame? After 18 years, are they still going to blame apartheid? I wonder when that scapegoat is too old too use what they will say.

  • magogodale.mulalo1 - 2012-12-05 00:03

    Gud wish 4 DA bt Masemola he is goin no we're......

  • lwpretorius - 2012-12-05 02:23

    Unfortunately we can only expect the national (ANC) norm to prevail. That is a golden handshake and promotion to a higher position in another area of government. He has all the qualifications for our next minister of police.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-12-05 05:41

    She should have been fired in March of this year when no school had textbooks. This shouldnt have ever have gotten as far as it has, and she is destroying the futures of these kids, Robbing them of opportunities the way the afrikaaners robbed the blacks in the apartheid, She is no better then that era and should be hanged for her disgraces... She is the reason we are the 4th dumbest nation in the world, she is the reason we wont have educated people in this country for this age group and who is to say others and she is the reason South Africa has no future. For without an education we have nothing...but teeth in our head

  • borney.lebaka - 2012-12-05 15:31

    he's my home boy (Masemola) n resently he build a mansion (small Nkandla compound) @ his place which is a gud thng jst hp he ddnt build with it with de money dat was meant 4 LIMPOPO kids 2 improve their villages in de future

  • - 2012-12-05 17:34 Everybody who has seen this pic of a possum in the US which broke into a bakery will hopefully enjoy my little poem A possum wild aNd Cunning, once got unbanned And snuck into the bakery, soon as ‘twas unmanned He feasted and fed and plundered and stole Till he was fat as a pig and blind as a mole But morning has come and the party is over And now there is nowhere he can take cover Too fat to move, his end he knows is near Yet he’s too sick to even really care He’ll be plucked by the scruff of the neck He’ll be chased away till he’s just a speck And the bakery will run again according to plan Because DA baker man can!

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