DA wants Zuma to act on textbook crisis

2013-05-27 17:46
Some of the textbooks that were to be destroyed in Limpopo. (Picture: Beeld)

Some of the textbooks that were to be destroyed in Limpopo. (Picture: Beeld)

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma should get involved in the Limpopo textbook shortage crisis, the DA said on Monday.

DA spokesperson Desiree van der Walt said she had written to Zuma, requesting his intervention.

"President Zuma must show his seriousness about our children's education by personally intervening to solve this matter at once," she said.

According to the DA, Limpopo Education MEC Dickson Masemola had failed to account for the shortages.

Van der Walt said Masemola's office had told the DA the national administrator's office would respond to their queries by 24 May.

"This has not happened... It is time now that the presidency intervenes once and for all. It is President Zuma's administrators in Limpopo who are failing to deliver these books, and so it is the president who must instruct them to make it happen," she said.

The DA claimed to have been unable to acquire information on the shortages, as schools had been barred from communicating on the problem.

"It has been made extremely difficult to ask questions from these schools on the extent of their shortages, because the educators were told not to answer questions on this," she said.

In April, civil rights group Section27 reported that at least 19 Limpopo schools had not received all their textbooks.

Of those, nine reported significant shortages for Grades 1 to 6 and 10 to 11.

"Most of these schools also reported that they did not receive their full complement of textbooks for 2012," the group said in a statement.

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