Section27 disputes textbooks ad

2012-10-08 19:45

Johannesburg - The lobby group Section27 has disputed a department of basic education advert regarding the Limpopo textbook saga.

It said it did not wish to comment on the ethics of the advert, but had to correct some of its contents.

The department published an advert titled 'Facts about the Limpopo textbooks High Court ruling: Don't be misled' in a number of Sunday newspapers.

It was a response to the order handed down by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday in the matter between Section27 and the minister of basic education.

The advert read: "The department of education wishes to state that the decision by Section27 to litigate on the perceived non-delivery of Grade 10 textbooks, which were reported as shortages by schools in Limpopo, was unnecessary and a waste of valuable time and resources."

Section27 said the department admitted in September that the delivery of textbooks was still incomplete.

"It is for this reason that the North Gauteng High Court [in Pretoria] granted a third court order imposing a new deadline for complete delivery," it said.

In the advert, the department said the court did not find that it was at fault.

"In fact, the court did not attribute fault to the department for the incomplete nature of the delivery of books to Limpopo," the advert read.

Section27 said the high court did not state that there was no fault on the part of the department.

"[Judge Jody Kollapen] expressly made no finding as to fault," it said.

The lobby group said it had sent four letters to the department of basic education asking for information regarding the textbook delivery and the catch-up plan. It had also written letters to the minister and director-general requesting meetings.

The department said in its advert that it was expected that all deliveries of Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement aligned textbooks would happen by 15 December.

Section27 said the department was required to file an affidavit with the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on 31 October and again on 15 December.

If the textbooks were not delivered by 15 December, the department would have to give the court an affidavit detailing the steps it would take to make sure the books were delivered before the start of the 2013 school year.

"Section27’s only interest is in the delivery of quality basic education for all learners," it said.

  • ant.abomb - 2012-10-08 19:53

    ...and its not a waste of "time and resources" for the department to place an advert in the Sunday Times? It seems arrogance knows no limits.

      lsfreak - 2012-10-08 20:15

      Wonder if they gonna tell the school pupils that too at the end of the year, Sorry but this year "was unnecessary and a waste of valuable time and resources" :D

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-08 20:35

      Did they even pay for the Advert?

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-08 21:14

      @ant.abomb:)and stupidity knows no bounds. Instead of paying that money to the publishers it was wasted on a stupid newspaper advert exhibiting stupidity of the highest honour.

      rodney.overes - 2012-10-08 21:19

      Why are we commenting on this sh*t We are wasting our time and Im not even going to read the rest of this.

      sally.lewitt - 2012-10-08 23:34

      I'm sure all the supplies and building materials for Zooma's R230 million 'upgrade' on his 'mansion' were delivered on time.. Humph..!

      tracy.musto.7 - 2012-10-09 09:21

      Thought for the Day: An amazing fact that South African Breweries [SAB] delivers liquor successfully to over 800,000 bottle stores and shebeens across SA weekly, but SA Government cannot deliver textbooks to 26,000 schools once a year.... If SAB and Government swap delivery methods, we can have a civilised, sober and educated country!!!

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-08 19:59

    Oh the comedy continues. Clearly they have a very peculiar understanding as to what "unnecessary and a waste of valuable time and resources." is. Try delivering the textbooks instead of meaningless - and expensive - statements to the media. - 2012-10-08 21:25

      In the DBE's press statement criticizing Section 27 for taking them to court they state (courtesy of politicsweb: "We call on all members of society, including Section27 and its allies, to work with the department, rather than against it, in our quest to realize the goal of providing a textbook for every child by 2014." The typo is prophetic: They've screwed up the class of 2012, probably will do the same to 2013 and are shooting to get this fixed by 2014. It would be funny if it wasn't so sad.

      John - 2012-10-08 22:09

      Look over there, don't look at me. Typical of my five year old grandchildren!! You let him get away with it, so why can't I??

  • warren.slater.353 - 2012-10-08 20:55

    The advert read: "...the perceived non-delivery of Grade 10 textbooks". Amazing how every wrong they actually do is merely a perception. One never hears about the apartheid perception.

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-08 21:06

    We have once again arrived at a moment in history where the truth can be defined as "that which you can make other people believe." The methodology for creating that belief is repetition. Say something enough times and it becomes, for millions of people, the truth. I am endowed like a stallion. This is why control of the media equals control of the populace. I am endowed like a stallion. And also why a State run television news channel is so very dangerous. I am endowed like a stallion. Now there are those who would argue this has already happened and that a certain news channel is actually a covert extension of our government. I am endowed like a stallion. The fact that the channel is run by a high-ranking party official, an anchor person from the channel became a Parliamentary spokesman, and another top-ranking party official became an on-air news commentator is often used to make this argument. I am endowed like a stallion. Of course, this fact would be entirely inconsequential if the oft-repeated falsehoods they attempt to imbed into the Zeitgeist were simply amusing, or at worst, inane. I am endowed like a stallion. But, unfortunately, that is not the case. I am endowed like a stallion. The heavy repetition of lies and smears for political gain are by no means inconsequential. I am endowed like a stallion. Which is why each and every one of us must use whatever resources we have at our disposal to disseminate the actual truth. I am endowed like a pony.

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  • John - 2012-10-08 22:05

    Who cares that the court did not allocate BLAME? Who else is to deliver textbooks but the incompetent MINISTER and her incompetent director general of the agency known as the Department of Education?? What a bunch of scam artists???

  • tw2066 - 2012-10-09 05:48

    Unnfrackingbelievable... And to think that two thirds of the illeterati endorse this ANC?? This nation enjoys being oppressed... enjoys being lied to.... enjoys being extorted...... enjoys being stupid..... Unreal.... ( Sits with dropped jaw as if to catch a fly)

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-10-09 06:26

    They are quick to write lies in the newspapers with tax payers money but fail to deliver books for the whole year. Fact is the books were supposed to be delivered at these schools before the beginning of 2012.

  • ro.jhb.1 - 2012-10-09 07:27

    Incompetent pr_cks - wasting taxpayers money. They should be put in jail

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