Judge gives dept textbook deadline

2012-05-17 16:17

Johannesburg - North Gauteng High Court Judge Jody Kolappen gave the basic education department until June 15 to supply the missing textbooks and to set up a remedial programme to help students make up for lost time.

The North Gauteng High Court ruled on Thursday that the failure to provide textbooks to all of its public school students is a violation of their constitutional right to an education.

The case was brought on behalf of two schools in Limpopo, where the national government has taken over education and other basic services that had been run into the ground.

"The judge relied on the importance of education for the foundation of other constitutional rights, and recognised that textbooks are an essential component of this right," said Nikki Stein, one of the lawyers in the case.

"It says that the failure [to provide textbooks] is a breach of the constitutional right" to an education, said Stein, who works for Section 27, a public interest legal centre.

The case of the two rural schools in Limpopo is hardly isolated. One study found that in 2007, only 45% of students aged 12-13 had a textbook for reading, and only 36% had one for math.

"The ultimate objective is to ensure that every learner has a textbook for every subject," Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga told Parliament on Wednesday.

The government plans to centralise textbook purchases and for the government to print more books itself.

Motshekga said the government aims to increase textbook coverage from 45% to at least 85% by 2014.

  • Alan - 2012-05-17 16:25

    And if they don"t comply, what then?

      Jackie - 2012-05-17 16:27

      Good question

      Henri - 2012-05-17 16:29

      not a question of if, but when they dont apply ???

      Peter - 2012-05-17 16:34

      Would love to know where are all the ANC and Cosatu supporters from the articles about the DA. So quick to condemn everyone else and go on and on about everything BUT the issues that THEIR own political party has caused.

      George - 2012-05-17 16:39

      The kids will stay stupid and continue to vote cANCerously. That after all is the game plan. Keep them stupid, give them a grant, collect their votes. Its a prostitution of democracy practiced by the governing mafia.

      Makatikamusona - 2012-05-17 16:58

      @George don't be stupid, is this politics?

      Peter - 2012-05-17 17:23

      @Christopher - It was caused by a political party, therefor by association yes, it it political

  • Jean - 2012-05-17 16:33

    Usually people get fired for being incompetent!!! useless anc gov! Useless useless useless!!!!

      Nigel - 2012-05-17 17:11

      VOTE DA, and get a job!!!! + education

  • George - 2012-05-17 16:36

    e-tolling is similarly a total infringement of our constitutional right to free movement. The government is thumbing its nose at the constitution forgetting that its is their only protection against increasingly militant citizens who have lost trust in its ability to manage anything more complex than an overseas Ministerial study tour with five star accommodation.

      Makatikamusona - 2012-05-17 17:00

      I think your comment is misplaced, or you are a troll

      Shannon - 2012-05-17 17:42

      Christopher... I think you misplaced your brain.

  • ditshegobt - 2012-05-17 16:40

    At the end of the year they blame teachers,they forget that they didn't do their job.

      Peter - 2012-05-17 17:26

      @Jean - Agreed this is not the teachers but governments fault BUT When i matriculated in 2007, the teachers where protesting and they did interrupt our finals more than once, so they are sometimes to blame. they do protest at the expense of pupils education every so often.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-17 16:52

    or what? legal mumbo jumbo- its been carrying on for years and will still do

  • Gaby - 2012-05-17 16:57

    I cannot believe what I am reading! 1. They have to be taken to court just to get them to do their job 2. Less that half the kids have a reading book, the cornerstone of learning. 3. Talk about aiming low. They plan 85% in two years time. What is wrong with 100% in six months.

      Nigel - 2012-05-17 17:05

      I agree. It's so bizarre one can hardly believe it. A court order to do your damn work. And people will still defend this hopeless ANC Government.

      Nigel - 2012-05-17 17:13

      the only 100% target in 6 months that the ANC can achieve is 100% corruption, hell they probably do it in 6 weeks.

  • Nigel - 2012-05-17 17:04

    fantastic , so the EC gets its books 1/2 a year late, eVota ANC & stay uneducated & unemployed

      Nigel - 2012-05-17 17:09

      while the judge is about it, he may as well get the ANC to close the open toilets in Viljoenskroon that are still open, & why not get Arora (presidents family) to pay its mine workers the 2 years wages that have not been paid. eish this Judge will have his hands full getting the ANC to do its job, 18 years later & they havent governed a day yet, too busy struggling still.

  • frans.visserdsb - 2012-05-17 17:07

    To put this into perspective... the government 'spends' approximately R1500 per kid per month on primary education. And this is what they get. If you send your kids to a private school, they get a good education for not much more than that (Curro R1800 - 1900 /month) with all the text books they need. The question has to be asked... where does the money go?

  • Shannon - 2012-05-17 17:40

    George, You've hit the nail on the head!! You are EXACTLY RIGHT!! As for you Christopher... more missing than a text book!!

  • merushan - 2012-05-17 17:40

    Ii don't feel pity for them, they voted for this party to run their province

  • Bibi - 2012-05-17 17:53

    And then they have the audacity to tweak the matric results. And want them all to go to varsity.

  • Nicholas - 2012-05-17 19:12

    Yet again the courts are called upon to force the ANC to do the right thing. Instead of appointing skilled and professional people to do the job, loyal cadres are preferred, hence the endless chaos, corruption, incompetence and grand abuse of tax payers money.

  • mzijimmym - 2012-05-21 09:48

    Its a shame that in our democracy we still have to take the government to court to compell it to provide text books for poor children.45% TEXT BOK COVERAGE AFTER 18 YEARS OF DEMOCRACY IS CERTAINLY NOT ENOUGH!

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