No repeat of textbook saga - Zuma

2012-12-16 16:11

Bloemfontein - The late delivery of school textbooks must never be repeated, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.

"The delivery of textbooks must improve," he told delegates at the ANC's national conference in Mangaung.

"The failure to deliver books to grades three, six, nine and 10 this year in Limpopo is an occurrence that must not be repeated."

School teachers needed to be more diligent with their jobs, he said.

"Some measures introduced by government... to improve school performance include the training of teachers and principals," he said.

"Let me repeat the call to our teachers that they should be in school, in class, on time teaching for seven hours every school day of the year."

This would be enforced.

He said the country's educational focus should be at the foundation phase.

"If the foundation is not firm, the house is not firm," Zuma said.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-12-16 16:14

    "The late delivery of school textbooks must never be repeated" It should never have happened in the first place. Maybe if we had a better president and better ministers we would have educated children.

      lownabester - 2012-12-16 16:36

      Talk is cheap, it will happen again, nothing will change. Nada.

      jannie.koekemoer.58 - 2012-12-16 16:42

      it was a failure to deliver and not a late delivery!!!

      Eterni80 - 2012-12-16 17:03

      talk is cheap - zuma is even cheaper

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-16 17:07

      Why didn't he say anything when the 'text bookk' drama was actually happening - now is too late! Words, empty words!!!!

      Desilusionada - 2012-12-16 17:11

      Copy of the same speech by Minister or Education, 1998......

      derek.francois.3 - 2012-12-16 17:18

      blah! blah! blah! blah! talk is cheap, ali baba telling everyone what they want to hear again............................

      mathata.fela.7 - 2012-12-16 18:15

      You people must respect our president, he tells them strait.

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-16 19:12

      @Mathata...are you running a fever dude??

  • godesha - 2012-12-16 16:18

    It is already happening again mr Prez. I read the other day on N24 that there are schools who have not yet received their books for 2013.

  • derk.woldendorp - 2012-12-16 16:19

    hell he talking a lot of sh*t today

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-16 16:40

      Perception has many facets.......

  • prakash.singh.169 - 2012-12-16 16:21


      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-16 16:39

      I personally manage 74 service providers for the Government, Here some pratt in the relevant department has not ensured that a service provider is completing the task as per the agreed contract. The textbook saga affected less than 2% of the Citizens receiving Basic education in RSA. Let's not blow an issue out of proportion cos' it addresses your ignorance and biased perspective. Try not shouting....

      jannie.koekemoer.58 - 2012-12-16 16:44

      @prakash even 1% is to much!!!!

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-16 17:01

      hehehhehehe....Never seen another Human operate at 100%, not here or in the World,,,,, Neither currently or in the past.......

      Killbot79 - 2012-12-16 17:17

      @zapa - no wonder the textbooks werent delivered, you work there. God help us all.

      Killbot79 - 2012-12-16 17:19

      Zapa, so its ok for 2% of the school kids not to get educated properly? Hey as long as they vote ANC who cares right? The rich will pay for the poor. Screw education right? Who needs to work, the ANC gives us stuff for free.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-16 18:02

      @zapadela.tistarocha - and this alien tendency to trivialise something of great importance to the students concerned. People have been denied their basic human rights as guaranteed under the Constitution. Even after TWO court orders, the depts concerned have failed to comply.

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-16 19:08

      @Zap so it's acceptable that 2% of the future leaders will be illiterate...Oops that's a huge improvement to the current status quo...

  • lee.brand.73 - 2012-12-16 16:21

    Heh heh - and you may not know anything about firm women but you are an expert on firm houses!

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-16 16:34

      Expert ??

      Killbot79 - 2012-12-16 17:21

      @zapa, are u?

  • RRRainium - 2012-12-16 16:30

    You just do as you wish Mr. President. I lost confidence in you Zuma, please subtract my vote from ANC poll come next election

  • nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-12-16 16:32

    Why talk about the non-delivery of text books? There are numerous examples of failures, all equally bad. The text-books got a lot of media coverage which embarrassed the ANC, hence JZ's mention of the problem.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-16 18:46

      Not to mention two court orders. Still nothing. They are above the law

  • zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-16 16:33

    Lessons learnt...moving on stronger for it. This democracy is not that easy however every lesson learn't provides the ANC with better governance.

      Charles Frederik Robberts - 2012-12-16 16:48

      OH PLEASE!

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-16 17:02

      Too think ??

      bob.bothalezi - 2012-12-16 17:19

      Probably apartheid's fault. Wake up my less intelegent friend.

      Killbot79 - 2012-12-16 17:22

      So almost 20 of democracy ( if you can really call it that) years has taught you nothing

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-16 18:07

      The only lesson learned is that something that used to work, no longer does. That court orders are meaningless if you are in govt, and that if you are a citizen you must just put up with whatever you get. We did not go through 40yrs of struggle and sacrifice to end up worse-off than before.

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-16 18:57


  • nigel.vos.1 - 2012-12-16 16:34

    Zuma is laughable as usual. The children have had an entire year wasted on their behalf by Angie (who shares title of the most useless minister in the cabinete with Blunt Blade). Angie / Blade that year of those children's lives have been wasted by you and is gone - how are you going to give it back to them. Do the right thing - RESIGN!

      Charles Frederik Robberts - 2012-12-16 16:44

      AMEN to that!

  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2012-12-16 16:36

    Then FIRE your incompetent minister who denied all knowledge and blame!

  • makarapakaplan - 2012-12-16 16:37

    What a flipping joke zooom zoom. U should be on Comedy Central, when u dont deliver again (very shortly) u can make us laugh again!

  • - 2012-12-16 16:41

    sure great idea and a good plan, but how about some accountability for the previous screw up then?

  • michael.bushes.1 - 2012-12-16 16:41

    Rather late than never, unfortunately for Mr Zuma, his textbooks never arrived at all

  • nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-16 16:43

    Hear this A$$hole, we KNOW the delivery of textbooks must improve...don't tell us what has to be done, tell us what you are doing about it!....Fool....

  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2012-12-16 16:47

    @ zapadele. It's a bloody disgrace and you try to sweep it aside! Shame on you!

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-16 17:03

      You operate at 100% ...No failure rate... What miracle Planet is this place you call home ??

      Killbot79 - 2012-12-16 17:23

      Zapadela, 20 years is a long time to make changes, but going backwards is no excuse, just incompetence, greed and arrogance.

      nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-12-16 17:53

      Ok zapadela, answer this one: if it was YOUR child, will you still feel the same? If 1% of all babies were dropped on their heads during birth, is that acceptable? This is the problem, you are thinking of people as mere numbers, not as precious human beings.

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-17 11:01

      You guys are really corrupted.....I suggest you are all living without fault.....NOT.

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2012-12-16 16:52

    He had two pages to read it took him 90mins to finish guess who didn't get his school books on time. Zuma u r the biggest loser good bye.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-16 17:02

    oh JZ what a fool you are - easy to promise on what's done, harder to deliver on the future - typical political BS. you are the master of twisting the past to ensure tour future why don't you do us all a favor and RESIGN

  • piero.mendace.5 - 2012-12-16 17:04

    Lessons if you ANC could learn lesions you would switch party. You like provoking reactions that's why you comment. People just ignore him, he knows not what he says.

  • bob.bothalezi - 2012-12-16 17:05

    Think you were President when it happened a hole

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-12-16 17:09

    LOL...because THERE none left

  • Killbot79 - 2012-12-16 17:15

    Yes we dont want your kids to get standard 3 like you now would we.

  • Prince Kgwale - 2012-12-16 17:22

    What did u do to fix that? Mrs crossed tooth is fired? If not we'll still experience that,for Peterson i think we'll have to wen u guys tie the nort?

  • piero.mendace.5 - 2012-12-16 17:26

    That's right we should forgive them failure on this complicated task. It must be really difficult to arrange a massive tasks as this. How can we possibly expect the Minister of of Education and all the committees, teams, task teams and back up teams to coordinate this. We are not asking Government to end poverty in 10 days our stop global warning this month. Although, we must be fair, if an organisation is useless everything is a challenge!. Have a shower and try again Zuma..

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-16 18:47

      Well said...

      helen.watermelon.16 - 2012-12-16 22:16

      Yes Pierre, imagine how complicated it must be for them, shame poor things having to organise book deliveries... its too much for them to cope with

  • kimard - 2012-12-16 18:52

    haha anything for a vote - only fools will fall for this soft-soaping :))

  • segolelom - 2013-01-02 21:29

    subject to administrators performing their functions as admins not as politicians-gatekeepers.

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