Education dept denies dumping textbooks

2012-05-14 19:38

Johannesburg - The Eastern Cape department of education has denied dumping almost three tons of textbooks at a recycling plant warehouse in King William's Town.

Provincial education spokesperson Loyiso Pulumani said on Monday a weekend report to this effect was an attack on the department.

There was not a "whimper of evidence that these books had indeed been 'dumped' by the department" he said in a statement.

"Instead, shoddy journalism prevailed, as long as the long suffering Eastern Cape department of education could again be shown to be inept and uncaring about the needs of its learners."

He said the department was not involved in the decision to destroy the books.

"The manager of the warehouse, Mr Riaan Erasmus, has confirmed that the books were actually 'ditched' for recycling at the warehouse by the publishers of the books - MacMillan's," he said.

"These books were part of a consignment of promotional samples that the publisher had used to market their products in the section 21 schools that are empowered to buy their own books directly from the publishers."

He said the newspaper had caused "unwarranted damage" to the Eastern Cape department's image.

According to a report in the Sunday Times, three tons of textbooks, worth millions of rands, were discovered at a King William's Town warehouse.

Erasmus told the newspaper several "guys" brought the books to him in November, and claimed that they were part of the old curriculum.

"I think the distributors didn't work properly and these people somehow got rid of them instead of taking them to schools," he was quoted a saying.

  • Jason - 2012-05-14 19:45

    yeah it was a third force. a secret mystical white racist plot against liberation of our brothers from the bonds of illiteracy.

      Bear - 2012-05-14 20:06

      lol'd, what is next eastern cape?

      Alf - 2012-05-25 21:06

      Some bloody agent on a secret mission to promote woodwork and painting of ANC dipsticks!

  • Brendon - 2012-05-14 20:06

    SJOE!!! looks like the editor of this article on News24 needs some eDcuation - more poor editing on behalf of News24 - Time to up your game guys!!

  • Squeegee - 2012-05-14 20:08

    Eastern Cape... What did you expect? There is a reason that learners are migrating to Western Cape schools.

  • Sonja - 2012-05-14 20:27

    LOL.... "IT WASNT ME " ...whakahahahahahaha!!

  • tobydt - 2012-05-14 20:28

    Thanks ANC, thanks to you white kids will never be unemployed.

      tobydt - 2012-05-14 20:41

      On the downside, you are encouraging a surge of refugees to the WCape.

      Jackie - 2012-05-14 20:55

      How did you come up with that conclusion?

      Tony Lapson - 2012-05-14 20:57

      Yeah, wtf you on about?

      tobydt - 2012-05-14 21:03

      Inferior education (OBE) + no textbooks = no competition in the workplace

      Merven - 2012-05-15 07:45

      @Sinudeity - you're missing the point, that is why AA and BEE is therefore. You can have a good job with inferior education.

  • rbphiri - 2012-05-14 20:46

    I wouldn't be suprised if the allegations were true, since they are also dumping scores of incompetent, rubbish in administration. If text books fail to arrive on time, they busy heating up people's egos this winter. Corruption reigns from the top and infiltrates in every department corruption can penetrate through. I wouldn't be suprised if our country is depicted as a banana on maps. Come to think of it, one has higher chances stopping a midget riding a pink unicorn, than seeing positive initiatives by government.

  • Kala - 2012-05-15 08:53

    "He said the newspaper had caused "unwarranted damage" to the Eastern Cape department's image." Now they are blaming the media for tarnishing their image. ROTFLMAO!

      Alf - 2012-05-25 21:08

      How doe you do damage to something that is non-existent?

  • Winifred - 2012-05-26 09:05

    BLAME BLAME BLAME thats all they are good at. Destroy the evidence as usual. Definetly a third force at work......they are kept so busy must be the ones who are working, not time for tea or lunch.

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