Motshekga's catch-up plan a disgrace - DA

2012-06-26 22:34

Johannesburg - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga's "catch-up" plan for Limpopo schools to recover lost time after non-delivery of textbooks was a disgrace, the Democratic Alliance said on Tuesday.

"[Motshekga] is placing sole responsibility for the education of these children in the hands of the children themselves. This is a disgrace," DA MP Annette Lovemore said in a statement.

The department was unavailable for comment.

In May, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled that the department's failure to provide textbooks violated the Constitution. The application was brought by rights organisation Section 27.

Judge Jody Kollapen ordered the department to devise a catch-up plan to remedy the consequences of the delay, and to supply the affected schools with textbooks by 15 June.

The department failed to meet the court's deadline, but Motshekga said her department had met with Section 27 and agreed to move the deadline to 27 June.

Lovemore said the province's pupils were six months behind their peers in other provinces as a result of the chaos in the Limpopo education system.

"Despite this, Minister Motshekga's department is suggesting that these children should be brought up to speed by reading study guides during the winter school holidays."

She said Motshekga already failed to comply with the court order to have all textbooks delivered to Limpopo by 15 June, and by not providing an appropriate catch-up plan she had again violated this order.

"Minister Motshekga has sought to place responsibility for the crisis in Limpopo at the door of the provincial administration. However, given that the national department is now in control, she is responsible for how this crisis is resolved."

The most serious problems Lovemore had with the catch-up plan were that it dealt only with Grade 10 students.

It also consisted of only two paragraphs, which said pupils would be provided with subject guides for self-study during the winter holiday.

There would also be no face-to-face interaction between pupils and teachers during the catch-up period, because teachers would be receiving training at the time, she said.

"In addition, the curriculum comparison that accompanies the catch-up plan is intended to show that similarities between this and previous years’ curricula mean that previous years’ textbooks could have been used to teach learners this year."

She said Motshekga was trying to show in the absence of new textbooks that Limpopo pupils were not as disadvantaged as it seemed.

"This raises serious questions about why previous years’ books were dumped and burned, if the education department itself is now trying to argue that they were still of use."

Textbooks destroyed

Earlier on Tuesday the DA said it would ask Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate the burning and shredding of textbooks in Limpopo over the weekend.

"Today we will begin donating crates of books in perfect condition to schools who need them in Seshego, the township where government was destroying the books," the party said in a statement.

Non-governmental organisation Equal Education (EE) on Tuesday said Motshekga failed to file her answering affidavit, despite it granting her two extensions.

EE spokesperson Doron Isaacs said in a statement Legal Resources Centre, which represents EE, wrote to the State attorney on 21 June to inform him it would not grant another extension.

The Legal Resources Centre also approached the Registrar of the Bhisho High Court and applied for a date on the opposed roll.

"The court case cannot be delayed indefinitely and EE does not wish the matter to be delayed any further."

The organisation's application for an order forcing Motshekga to prescribe minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure was filed in the Eastern Cape High Court in Bhisho on 2 March.

After numerous requests for extensions it was no longer willing to postpone the matter.

"The minister's failure to meet the deadlines shows a disregard for EE's application, and the legal process that has been initiated.

"It is also suggests that she does not understand the urgency with which the matter of school infrastructure needs to be addressed."

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-06-26 22:39

    Offcourse the department was unavailable for comment. Its not her fault as she said before.. Not my fault, NOt my fault. If it goes all pear shaped, I just keep driving my merc.

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-26 22:59

      Correction: the taxpeyers' merc

      Walter - 2012-06-27 06:56

      Ansolutely, Tommo. Whilst they spell out so-called party politicies, school children and other needy people continue to suffer. The voting polulation must realise soon, that the current ANC ministers and their cronies are incapable of running this country efficiently. Vote with your head, VOTE DA!!! It is not a racist party and it is full of capable people...... you'll see.

      oscar.vanriel - 2012-06-27 06:58

      Angie doesn't think it matters and neither does the ANC and they are the people that has all the power to do something and that has the well-being of the black poor at heart so why must we the people that they discriminate against care about the black poor learners?

      winston.mullany - 2012-06-27 07:20

      I just wish for once this government could actually develop a spear and say we screwed up.

      art5SA - 2012-06-27 07:57

      If only they sang : BRING ME MY TEXT BOOKS!!!!!

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-06-26 22:49

    What has happened is a very clear indication of how important the education of our nations children is to government. The spear was far more important. Important enough to go to court and to march. To disrupt traffic and business. The children's education means little to these people. Our so-called president Needs to get his hands dirty and do some serious work for a change. I can not think of one single reason for him to serve another term - the only reason he might is to earn enough money to support his ridiculous family and to grow his pension.

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-06-27 00:01

      Grow his pension or penis? Ha ha

      art5SA - 2012-06-27 07:58

      Only thing this 'president' gets dirty is his SPEAR!!!!

  • herman.heil - 2012-06-26 22:49

    The absolute idiots in charge of SA can not be believed, how was this allowed to happen to SA???

      dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-06-27 05:33

      Simple - you get who you voted for !!!

  • skhumbuzo.khalanga - 2012-06-26 22:55

    I thought she was fired already!

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-06-26 23:19

      No Skhumbuzo that wont happen... she might just get moved to another position where she will continue with her pathetic incompetent manner. She is a disgrace to the whole nation. The leaders of this country is planning the future as we speak... but litle do they realise that this country have no future with uneducated children. A disgrace .. they all should hang their heads in shame !! But then again the majority of them is uneducated and their biggest problem is to decide what songs must be allowed to be sung

      art5SA - 2012-06-27 07:59

      They don't give a Continental **** about the children of this country!!!!

      merven.halo - 2012-06-27 09:31

      She is the minister of the ANCWL also, she is sadly untouchable.

  • Tommo - 2012-06-26 23:02

    The SABC should interview the children and see what they say. On TV news. So that the nation hears what the department has done. The kids should sue the department for millions!!!

      Ian - 2012-06-27 06:15

      yeah right, as if that will happen, the anc will declare the interview unconstitutional and ban it just like they ban everything that dosent agree with there thieving and corrupt decay

      art5SA - 2012-06-27 08:00

      SABC News DIRECTOR is an ANC Member... a CADRE PLACEMENT!!! He will see that this "interview" does NOT GET AIRED!!!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-27 13:36

      Tommo, interviewing the children will throw a bad light on the ANC and the SABC will never allow that.

  • Arthur - 2012-06-26 23:10

    Do you know what "thought" did?

  • di.hingley - 2012-06-26 23:16

    The right to education and compulsory eduction up to grade 9, in the Constitution of South Africa has been contravened, are the parents of these children taking this matter to the Constitutional Court?

      johnny.august.31 - 2012-06-27 03:51

      U don't need to be a rocket scientist to see how things are done in this country.The education system of this country was designed in such a way that More N more young especially black peoples grow to become illiterate ,And once they are illiterate they won't use their minds to decide which party to vote for ,but instead they will only listen to the noise the (ANC)politicians make\r\nAnd vote for them,But once they bcom educated N wiser !They will listen N decide appropriately

      art5SA - 2012-06-27 08:03

      The said parents are illiterate to the wording and meaning of the Constitution... Thats the SAD part... ANC motto: "TOGETHER, WE CAN DO MORE"..... HARM to the childrens future(sic)

  • Ian - 2012-06-26 23:24

    Keep the population ignorant and thou shall have a constant flow of voting fodder...........

      Marius Koen - 2012-06-26 23:42

      So true

      bongiwe.sethole - 2012-06-27 09:13


      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-27 13:38

      Ian and Maree Antionette said, 'eed them cake', just before they chopped her head off. Sometihng to look forward to here?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-27 13:38

      Ian that's feed ofcourse.

  • renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-06-26 23:24

    The children will most probably be promoted to the next grade without the knowledge they should have had. This will hamper them as well in their studies during the next six months and during the years that follow. To use study guides to help the learners to achieve enough to pass is taking short cut on their education.

      carpejugulim - 2012-06-27 09:05

      you want to tell me that any kid is going to spend their entire school holiday reading study guides which they quite possibly will not understand in the hope that they will catch up???

  • charl.malan.12 - 2012-06-26 23:37

    This is a problem wider then the gap between her teeth!!! WOW

  • Marius Koen - 2012-06-26 23:41

    To the DA: " ons sê baie, baie dankie, ons sê baie, baie dankie, ons sê baie, baie DAnkie! Vir al die nuwe boeke!"

  • Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-06-26 23:45

    Study guides on their own during winter holidays? Teachers in training - have they NEVER taught before?? Where do her kids go to school? Bet they have textbooks.. WTF is going on????? I can't believe the $hit I'm reading lately.. Makes me sick! How this inconsiderate, fat, ugly, excuse for a human sleeps at night I dunno.. She obviously has little or no compassion for her own kids - ANY mother can not stand the idea of another or ANY child suffering!! Why she's carrying on like that, God alone knows..

      carpejugulim - 2012-06-27 09:06

      the teachers have to go for training because they don't understand the study guides either

  • balu.mqadi - 2012-06-26 23:53

    I bet her kids or her grandkids dey go 2 those fancy schools thats why she does'nt give a dam about diz school or the children that they are depriving quality educatoin

  • Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-06-27 00:00

    But it ain't just because we want to We ain't got nowhere we can run to Somebody please press the undo They only teach us the things that guns do They don't teach us the ABC's We play on the hard concrete All we got is life on the streets All we got is life on the streets Superman is known by the locals As this dude who's so fly it's global Attitude that came outta struggle Destitute but I make it hopeful You real but my real is tenfold My real will make yours a rental Gangsta if at ease, essential Fight with guns or utensils So bold, nothing's confidential Breakfast was not continental And lunch could not compliment all We still become competent souls These streets ain't paved with no gold Matter fact someone stole the light bulb Nobody fat enough for lypo They don't teach us to read and write, so They don't teach us the ABC's We play on the hard concrete All we got is life on the streets All we got is life on the streets Not much to look forward to.. Pretty much sums it up! Entitlement mentality STINKS! No wonder we're failing dismally as the human race. We're in it for ourselves..

      Chad - 2012-06-27 06:25

      go to limpopo ms diplomento.... and we can all laugh ar u solo....

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-06-27 04:57

    The minister is feeling the pressure now hey, this woman need to know and learn that talking too much do not bring results at all.

  • stephen.king.900 - 2012-06-27 05:39

    There is only one solution to the problem of the anc failure. Vote them out. Or every tax payer withhold there taxes and pay it into a trust fund, not controlled by an anc stallwart.

  • stephen.king.900 - 2012-06-27 05:39

    There is only one solution to the problem of the anc failure. Vote them out. Or every tax payer withhold there taxes and pay it into a trust fund, not controlled by an anc stallwart.

      Ian - 2012-06-27 06:12

      how do you vote them out if they are being kept uneducated, in any case the ruling party are not just thieves but liars and cheats as well, they lose an election they will 'DEMUND" recount after recount after recount, till they do win, Bush style . The best part of this is the ancyl has not said a word about this, they are more obsessed with ways of stealing productive farm land to squat on. Retarded does not even begin to describe these people, Then again how do you reason with a terrorist?

  • kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-06-27 05:51

    Motshekga's son receives(d) a good education at CBC Boksburg, so why should she be worried?

      savannah.theron - 2012-06-27 06:12

      Ja, thought so.....

  • Ian - 2012-06-27 06:03


      Ntuthuko M Simelane - 2012-06-27 07:27

      IAN, let me enlighten you, there's a large number of black people who are disgusted with the ANC under Zuma's leadership,a lot of them were those who voted him in,but who will not vote until he bows out,like myself,but it is remarks like these that resume rage,just grow up,it was one man that made that ill statement,and who on earth respects his thinking?

      danielle.vlok - 2012-06-27 08:14

      @Ntuthuko, I do understand where you are coming from, but I sincerely hope that instead of not voting for whatever reason, you would rather actually vote, and vote based on the party you truly believe has the best candidate, and overall best intentions for our country. Not voting at all is not the answer though.Just saying.

      merven.halo - 2012-06-27 09:33

      'there's a large number of black people who are disgusted with the ANC under Zuma's leadership' Yes Ntuthuko, but you will still vote for the ANC. Zuma is not the problem, the entire ANC is.

  • fairness.iseverything - 2012-06-27 06:10

    I am not to sure why so many people are so surprised? This is typical results regardless of the sector for implementations based on radical change. The definition of radical in this case being \we are tired of trying to find a proven workable solution, so we will implement something we think might work as quickly as possible\. All this without considering what the impact of failure would be. Shame on them and shame on all of you who failed to break the shortsighted tendencies through supporting them.

  • Chad - 2012-06-27 06:19

    limpopo and zim should be unified......

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-27 06:23

    I cannot understand why she's still around. She should be dismissed immediately for gross incompetence and negligence. The she must be criminally charged for destroying state property

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-27 06:49

    All her children are in private schools ones where they have text books

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-27 06:57

    She must get fired with out pay

  • rob.west.92123 - 2012-06-27 07:11

    I Just love the photos News24 choose to go with a story. Someone has a marvelous sense of humor there.

  • Graham.Cooper2 - 2012-06-27 07:12

    Why do the always wake up to late SORRY forgot all they know is crisis management, and even at that they suck.

  • Andre - 2012-06-27 07:14

    She just cannot manage. Finsih and klaar!

      Khumo Mashifane - 2012-06-27 07:46

      i agree Andre. a replacement should be done asap

      merven.halo - 2012-06-27 09:35

      Sorry Andre, that is not how it work in the ANC, in a worst case scenario she'll get promoted to a higher post with a even bigger salary.

  • pur.pleibus - 2012-06-27 07:25

    If any ordinary citizen just ignored a court order they would be arrested and thrown in jail for Contempt of Court. Why is she still walking free?

      gert.grobler.94 - 2012-06-27 07:35

      They the anc is just reinforcing their attitude that all people are not equal and they are the elite with immunity. They have created this NEW APARTHEID--the elite corrupt privileged group and the poor slaves goup, to produce tax (anc) income.

  • adrian.hill.750 - 2012-06-27 07:29

    She is just making sure that the kids attain the same level of education as the president. We can't have a 10 year old with morre education than him now can we....

      Khumo Mashifane - 2012-06-27 07:45

      no we cant. so what are you saying about the majority who voted for him to be president? i doubt you can do a better job than him

      winston.mullany - 2012-06-27 08:32

      Khumo, a person in a wheelchair, retarded, can't read, can't write can do a better job than Zooma!

      pur.pleibus - 2012-06-27 08:46

      @Khumo: As far as I can see, everything the ANC has touched is a disaster. Not a single day goes by without more reports of failure, due to corrupt or inept government officials. Hell, anyone who didn't steal and break everything they touched would do better.

      Adrian - 2012-06-27 08:56

      Khumo, ah you see, but it is not about me. It is about the level of education of the guy in charge, my 12 year old daughter is better educated than him. In a world where having matric is the barest minimum and having two of 3 degrees is considered to be well educated I think his level of education speaks for itself. Having a degree is a mere step into the doorway of many professions yet to run a country you need no education, all you need to be able to do is chant to the beat of "My Machine Gun"....The minister of education is a case in point...when it comes to pencils I would say that she is as sharp as a brick.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-27 13:42

      Khumo, it's a joke. Don't always be on the attack.

  • franco.beukman - 2012-06-27 07:47

    We need to realize that keeping the ppl uneducated is how the ANC operate .That's how they stay in power.\Just vote u don't think or ask why\

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