Section27 files papers over textbooks

2012-09-10 18:36

Johannesburg - Two Limpopo schools filed papers in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Monday over the basic education department's failure to deliver textbooks.

The application sought to compel the department to find out which Limpopo schools still had not received textbooks, rights group Section27 said.

The schools also wanted an undertaking that all textbooks would be delivered by the end of October.

The schools are represented by Section27 and the Centre for Applied Legal Studies.

In May, the high court ordered the department to deliver the textbooks by 15 June. This was later extended, by mutual agreement, to 27 June.

However, the schools had complained that they had received no books.

The application also sought an order for the department to develop a comprehensive catch up-plan for Grade 10s, to run until November next year.

The department should also be directed to deliver all textbooks for next year by 9 January, Section27 said in a statement.

The case will be heard on 27 September.

Section27 said the department's proposed catch-up plan did not adequately make up for teaching time lost through the late delivery of textbooks.

The organisation said it was awaiting the report of a presidential task team appointed to investigate the textbook problems in Limpopo.

"Section27 hopes that this report will be made public and that all of those officials found by the task team to be responsible for the textbook crisis will be held accountable."

  • Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-09-10 18:58

    Here we go again. And Zuma claims that service delivery is exceptional. Yet we have to get the courts to compel them to do their jobs. Absolutely pathetic.

      SharonE - 2012-09-10 19:04

      The sad thing about Jacob is that he either believes his own lies, or he thinks that the SA nation is totally stupid and will believe anything he says. I sincerely hope that South Africans are waking up to the fact that this ANC deserves no loyalty, and is entitled to no respect. They have degenerated into a bunch of thieving lying mongrels who would think nothing of taking from the poorest to enrich themselves. Shame on the ANC - it is not only the education department that is in a shambles, everything they touch turns to pot.

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-10 19:08

    Parents ur desperate attempts to correct this travesty will be to no avail,unless those steering the wheel of education,viz minister and dep minister are not fired.

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-10 19:11

    Parents ur desperate attempts to correct this travesty will be to no avail,unless those steering the wheel of education,viz minister and dep minister are not fired. And replaced by more credible professionals in this department.

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-09-10 19:50

    The textbook saga is sending a clear message to the south african public that our own govt is failing us.One cannot expect a govt that cannot deliver textbooks to change the lives of poor people. Our govt is failing us. Even Zimbambe is doing better than us.Robert Mugabe 's govt is paying for the education of the Zimbambean child while the south african govt. is being forced by NGO's to deliver textbooks to the poor.its a disgrace.Even Lennox Sebe was doing a great job

  • Shaun - 2012-09-10 20:04

    if you wanna find these textbooks,go have a look behind the local kfc

  • Johnson - 2012-09-10 20:29 This will shed some light on the darkness - written by Thabo Mbeki's brother - copy and paste on windows explorer and read Africa

  • braamc - 2012-09-11 07:11

    You get what you vote for, haha, education system one of worst in the world. Good going ANC!

  • jason.marshall.1804 - 2012-09-11 07:54

    140 out of 144!!! I wonder why!

  • fred.warren.986 - 2012-09-11 07:54

    I can just hear Zuma: "This is all Vervoed's fault. If it wasn't for him our textbooks would have been delivered early in the year."

  • nathan.g.moss - 2012-09-11 09:23

    I think the whole government in Limpopo should go work at Scooters or Debonairs so they can learn how to deliver.

  • Rebecca - 2012-09-11 10:14

    the only way to keep them voting for cANCer is to keep them stupid. Well done Zuma, your exceptional service delivery is a bit like the fable The Emperor's new clothes!

  • john.gainsford - 2012-09-11 16:51

    An amazing fact that South African Breweries [SAB] delivers liquor successfully to over 800,000 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 !!!

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