Limpopo textbook deadline missed - report

2012-07-16 15:40

Johannesburg - The basic education department failed to comply with a court order to meet its textbook delivery deadline, legal NGO Section27 said on Monday.

"On the first day of a new [school] term, there is a risk that many learners still remain without textbooks or with insufficient textbooks," Section27 executive director Mark Heywood said in Johannesburg.

He was briefing reporters on a report on the late delivery of textbooks in Limpopo.

"We accept that all... figures [in the report] require further verification. But on these facts the department of basic education remains in violation of the court order. This needs very urgent remedy."

The report, by former education director general Mary Metcalfe, found that despite the extended date for the delivery of textbooks, June 27, the department's assertion that 98% of the books were delivered was partially incorrect.

"Professor Metcalfe's report shows that on 27th June, only 15% of books had been delivered to schools. By July 3 this had increased to 48%. According to the report, by July 11, 22% of the sample schools were still awaiting textbooks," Heywood said.

Section27 accepted the recommendations made by Metcalfe in the report, and called for their "urgent implementation".

'Department is rotten'

"It is very clear from this and other reports that the Limpopo education department is rotten, riven [rife] with corruption and incapable of meeting its constitutional obligation to learners," Heywood said.

"We call for the department to be cleaned out, for the vigorous prosecution of charges of corruption, for maximum openness about those charged, and for the [Limpopo] MEC for basic education, Dickson Masemola, to be fired."

He said the "crisis" was not Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga's sole responsibility.

Basic education spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said the department accepted the report and would work to implement its recommendations.

"We await further reports to make an accurate assessment on the matter. We are going to Limpopo to count each and every learner and teacher to ensure that this situation does not happen again."

Section27 had taken the department to court to force it to deliver the books, after some schools in the province had been without them for seven months.

The Metcalfe report was compiled in response to the department's assertion that 98% of the books were delivered.

A presidential task team and the Limpopo government were also conducting their own investigations into the situation, which had been accompanied by media reports of textbook dumping, irregular ordering and tender processes.

  • Kala - 2012-07-16 15:45

    Let's see some jail time handed out. Its high time that an example is made of these thieves and it should start with the Limpop province.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-16 15:56

      98% delivery was never the reality, as I said here at the time ..... 50% would be closer to the mark. QED - and I take no satisfaction in being proven correct, since these are innocent childrens' lives that have been affected through the sheer greed and incompetence of the ANC. Limpopo is merely a reflection of the national malady.

      tebogo.ramoshaba1 - 2012-07-16 15:56

      Good but why is Angie shielded by this report, she is the ultimate silver bullet administrator

      Christelle - 2012-07-16 16:02

      They did not give a hoot to start off with, why should they give a hoot now????

      ahenriquesfernandes - 2012-07-16 16:03

      15% on the 27th when it was reported to be 98% - You can't even say they were close The lies here are utterly disgusting.

      jack.oosthuysen - 2012-07-16 16:06

      It will take forever to find the culprits as I believe they are everywhere except at their posts.

      gert.dupreez - 2012-07-16 16:13

      They will be re-deployed.

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-07-16 16:13

      surprised - no! will someone get axed - certainly not! will it change - of course not! does it change the childrens future - ABSOLUTELY YES (not for the better)! do the anc care - ABSOLUTELY NO!

      bernpm - 2012-07-16 18:23

      "...He said the "crisis" was not Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga's sole responsibility......!!! Under who's administration was the province put?? Was it not the "national Department"?? Who is boss there???? Firing the tea girl and a security will not help !!

  • phillip.harry.79 - 2012-07-16 15:52


      sharon.a.marks.9 - 2012-07-16 17:10

      these people are now getting what they voted for,believe me they deserve it

  • E=MC2 - 2012-07-16 15:55

    Dumbing down the ANC voters of tomorrow...

      steveroodt - 2012-07-16 16:33

      Idiocracy if you have not watched this movie. You must based in the states but actually happening in Africa

  • azande.futhi - 2012-07-16 15:55

    Fire Motshega for lack of leadership and misleading statements she said to the public.

      Jaun - 2012-07-16 16:38

      hahahahahhahahaha......HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHA.....Angie to get remember it is not "her fault"....I mean, didn't she get in her own car and drove some of the books to schools? mmmm NNNOOOO she got a BIG FAT PAYSLIP!!! AND GUESS WHAT????? SHE DOESN'T EVEN BUY ONE, AND I MEAN ONE, CHILD A BOOK!!!!! Such a good person!!! ONE DEEPARTMENT THAT CAN SAVE SOUTH AFRICA AND GET RID OF ALLLLLL THE SOSIAL ILLS is EDUCATION BUT NO...ANGIE IS SOOO SMART THAT SHE KNOWS BETTER!!

  • Francois R Nel - 2012-07-16 15:56

    This is the same thing that will happen with the national health sceme. Corruption, cronism, lack of commitment and service. Will the pupils be handed only half a test paper at the end of year exams? And then put thru to the next year because they were "done-in" by the education department? I realy dofeel fir the kids that need to learn and are eager to educate, but they will be at the short end of the stick this year, sorry to say.

  • B.b. - 2012-07-16 15:58

    Then what? Another waste of the state's money attending court cases? Oh please, let them accomplish the mission with the effort thy are possessing,,,Attorneys do not attend court cases for free,,,they demand a lot,,,so stop blinding us with court cases,,,Let the department fail to meet and vote them out in the next elections, if that's the case,,full stop!

  • phillipm.seopa - 2012-07-16 16:01

    Seriously somebody must account on that.

  • john.turner.58760608 - 2012-07-16 16:01

    If the voters of Limpopo vote the ANC back in power (which they will probably will) they have the intelligence of a brick and that is exactly what the ANC wants. I apologise if I have offended any bricks.

  • jackson.harrison.752 - 2012-07-16 16:05

    Who cares, this is the parents fault and no one else, you want to vote for the ANC then shut your mouths, take it in the rear and STFU

  • eblockwatch - 2012-07-16 16:06

    Pass one pass all.

  • Mogale - 2012-07-16 16:13

    This is a clear indication that Limpopo Department of basic Education had failed its Pupils and for the record \someone lied to the whole Nation that everything is under control\ still wonder if the was follow up on the 98% of books allegedly delivered to Limpopo schools??? i wish and hope the MEC

      alansmartSnr - 2012-07-16 17:09

      That Angie is a blatant liar and is directly responsible for this mess up. She should be fired..It was and is her resposibility. Problem is her husband/BF is very influential in the ANC government and Showerhead would be too scared to alieniate her and her contacts. Part of the blame should also go to showerhead for appointing inept and useless cadres

  • louis.nolte.3 - 2012-07-16 16:13

    No surprise. Another disgusting and unacceptable failure. The lack of education in our country will sink us.

  • clinton.bowden1 - 2012-07-16 16:16

    Between 15% and 98% difference is considered as "partial" ? I am glad to see the new levels of passing maths at 35% is working very well.

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