Limpopo pupils ready, dept claims

2012-09-17 22:37

Johannesburg - Limpopo pupils are ready for the Annual National Assessments despite not having textbooks for most of the year, the provincial education department said on Monday.

"We are not condoning late textbooks, but we've said that the issue hasn't been a such a major defect to the point that it would hamper our learners on that level," said spokesman Pat Kgomo.

The tests, which assess pupils in grades one to six as well as grade nine, were expected to start on Wednesday.

The Democratic Alliance in the province said the pupils were not ready for the tests as they had been without textbooks for most of the year.

"Learners in Limpopo will not be ready because textbooks were delivered some seven months late into the academic year and some schools are reportedly still without textbooks," said the DA's Desiree van der Walt on Monday.

She said the tests would show what pupils knew and did not know.

On the outcome of the results, the education authorities would focus on schools that were struggling.

"This will be hard to achieve in Limpopo, as our learners were not provided with learning material on time."

Kgomo said, however, that the department was confident the pupils would do well in the tests.

"We are confident we will reach the target of 40% from last years' 35%," he said.

When the education department failed to deliver textbooks to Limpopo schools, Section27 took the matter to court.

In May through an interdict the department was ordered to deliver the textbooks by 15 June.

The date was then extended to 27 June.

However, some schools in that province said they had still not received textbooks.

  • bernpm - 2012-09-17 22:51

    "We are not condoning late textbooks, but we've said that the issue hasn't been a such a major defect to the point that it would hamper our learners on that level," said spokesman Pat Kgomo." So, what was the fuss all about?? Why ordering text books for next year if they are not necessary anyway?? Thanks, Angie, for bringing this to our attention

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-18 00:24

      Who's going to do the marking?

      ndivhuwo.mudau.182 - 2012-09-18 06:46

      At least finaly get dem

      ndivhuwo.mudau.182 - 2012-09-18 06:47

      At least finaly get dem

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-09-18 15:56

      These people have have found a way to cheat the scores

  • max.reynecke - 2012-09-17 23:09

    So what they are actually implying is that the learners are in any case to stupid to learn so the result with or without textbooks will be the do you progress as a nation with such idiots in government?

  • sidwell.francis - 2012-09-17 23:45

    Much as I'm not a huge fan of the ANC and its governing processes,I'd like to take issues with the DA and Section 27,they have succesfully blown this whole textbook matter out of proportion,in the process, fooling and fuelling the whole country against the blatantly failing ANC..,\r\n\r\nMy issue is,there's nothing abnormal here,pupils should be able to use textbooks used in previous years,the Syllabus doesn't change that much,during my schooling days,both at Primary and Secondary level,I (we) used textbooks that had gone through 5 or 6 hands,that is 5 or 6 years,we never had any issues,,,why should this suddenly become an issue?and the media reporting on this matter has been appalling and one dimensional...\r\n\r\nI'm not in any way condoning the non-delivery of \new\ textbooks,it is the exaggerated noise that I'm lambasting!

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-09-18 16:01

      Sidwell the course content has been changed before lasy year thats why you cannot use the old book. the Exam assessments will be made with the new ciriculum.

  • clement.mokone - 2012-09-18 02:14

    It is high time that the government stop playing with our people's emotions,welfare and future in Limpopo. The sweet honies by government are not inspiring anyone in the province and elsewhere,especially those who care about our people's future. To say kids are ready after such a MESS is being very insensitive and STUPID. The province is well known of POOR results over the years and this kind of saying against the backdrop of poor management and governance by them is absurd. They are so incompetent. The best thing he could have done was to KEEP quiet for,no amount of sweet saying can convince us that kids are ready. Let's face it there were poor results without books scandal. Now there is a books scandal and they say kids are ready. This is an insult to our people. Really this person could have said something else than what he said or simply keep quiet. Stop stealing our people's resources and future.

  • ben.lantz1 - 2012-09-18 03:55

    At least the test papers and answers will be available in time and distributed for five bucks

  • mphofejack.sebela - 2012-09-18 06:16

    Hell no..! thats a political statement,the pupils are not aware that they're not ready and as an african who's been to academia for a while i know that the absence of intense engagement with books means more fun,however,until they get a bit older and maybe a some sense of maturity they'll realize that the department had caused them a lot..screw that statement of them pupils being ready.

  • braamc - 2012-09-18 06:19

    What a joke!

  • Tokologo Benji Mohlatlole - 2012-09-18 07:10

    yes your children are ready for final exam not us, because they attend at private schools. u lyng mr. Kgomo

  • lolke.lindeboom - 2012-09-18 08:45

    The pass rates will tell!

  • JuliusYouPrick - 2012-09-18 10:01

    They will not do well you morons, it does not work like that, but hey, I'm not expecting you retards to understand it!

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