Textbook crisis a disgrace - DA

2012-05-13 21:43

Johannesburg - Problems in the provincial education departments that resulted in some schools not receiving textbooks in the first five months of the school year were "an absolute disgrace", the DA said on Sunday.

Democratic Alliance basic education spokesperson Annette Lovemore said she would ask Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga questions about this in Parliament.

"Minister Motshekga must take full responsibility for ensuring that teachers and learners are equipped with the necessary resources...," she said.

Three areas in the Free State had received no books, while schools in Limpopo had received the wrong text books.

"In KwaZulu-Natal, poor schools without textbooks are having to spend thousands on photocopying books for learners," Lovemore said.

The Sunday Times reported that three tons of textbooks had been dumped at a recycling plant in the Eastern Cape.

While some of these were based on the old curriculum, they included books still in use and those for next year.

Lovemore said financial and administrative problems with provincial departments were to blame for the loss of teaching time which resulted from the shortage of books.

"If we are to build a future in which all children have access to the opportunities they deserve to live lives they value, every hour spent in the classroom must be used effectively," she said.

  • spartanx93 - 2012-05-13 21:57

    How else is the ANC meant to keep the masses stupid....

      Jessica - 2012-05-13 22:02

      So true. That's how they will try can cling to power

      Christelle - 2012-05-13 22:06

      Just enough knowledge to draw the X next to the right face!!

      ESETHU_HASANE - 2012-05-13 22:15

      so a person who is not educated is stupid? THE WORDS THAT WE USE THOUGH so inhumane

      Christelle - 2012-05-13 22:20

      Esethu, I don't believe that is what spartan intended - more a matter of uneducated, which can (and we believe IS) be exploited by our current politicians

      Christelle - 2012-05-14 00:34

      @ Miss Hadebe lower down who suggested that Zille should resign and maybe Lindiwe can do a better job. Firstly, Zille was voted international Mayor of the year a couple of years ago (not racially motivated, being very specific about criteria) The Auditor General found the Western Cape administration to be the ONLY administration not to have ANY unauthorised/illegit spending in their budget of 2011/2012. Not ONE of the DA top have been linked to bribery, corruption, rape, fraud etc. The Western Cape, in relation to their size, has had the largest growth in contribution to the national GDP in 2011/2012. The Western Cape has one of the highest pass rate in education (if not the highest). Now Hadebe, please tell me how can they improve with Zille gone?

      NrGx - 2012-05-14 08:58

      My solution for South Africa: People without a matric cannot vote!

  • Ngwana - 2012-05-13 21:57

    \We will look into it\, I guess that's the answer u will get, DA.

      Christelle - 2012-05-13 22:05

      If they even get the courtesy of that, Ngwana. And DA - as a matter of fact, almost every single thing happening (or not happening) in the country at the moment is nothing short of disgraceful.

  • Bennie - 2012-05-13 21:58

    text books only confuses education in a african context. lighting tyres, throwing stones is much more natural subjects !!

      spartanx93 - 2012-05-13 22:02

      Bush education far more worthwhile.......

      Brad.Kopping - 2012-05-13 22:03

      true dat.

      Thabang - 2012-05-13 23:01

      Ahh yes BENNie,you could kindly thank your forefathers for that dude..jst doing wat the white man taught us best..

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-05-14 08:51

      Lol how delusional. So white people decades ago taught you that, yet you can't think for yourself about consequences and having responsibility? The masses don't want someone that does their job, cares about the people, etc.. such as Zille; they would rather have someone who marries all the time, was accused of corruption, just because he is black.

  • Tsotsi-Baby - 2012-05-13 22:03

    This party should focus on invalid tenders in WC. #Power to the people

      spartanx93 - 2012-05-13 22:05

      @Tsotsi - you were an invalid tender when your mother pop you out!

      Christelle - 2012-05-13 22:09

      You've got to be kidding!!!!! Since when are "non-bribed" tenders invalid?? What they should REALLY focus on - is keeping people out of the WC who cannot live in ANC ruled areas.

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-13 22:11

      Grabbing at straws in a fast-sinking ANC ship......

      Jessica - 2012-05-13 22:27

      @Spartan high five, that's a classic

      Frans - 2012-05-13 22:36

      Tsotsi, hou liewer jou bek want jy praat 'n klomp k#k.

      Tsotsi-Baby - 2012-05-13 22:57

      @Frans because of the anti-DA comment? elaborate so that i can give you a seat. #power to the people

      Hadebe - 2012-05-13 23:04

      @tsotsi, amandla!!! DA is nothing but n klein hondjie on the side,

      Peter - 2012-05-14 08:09

      @Tsotsi-Baby + @Hadebe you guys should focus on actually getting an education before you open you ignorant mouths. One day when you actually wake up from your fantasy and realise the ANC doesnt care about you and your just a vote, you will look back on this day and say damn im a bloody idiot. You will never get anything from the ANC they dont care about you

  • Iceberg - 2012-05-13 22:03

    Its the middle of MAY - how does the minister not know about this problem.

  • lmadikwe - 2012-05-13 22:22

    "three tons of textbooks had been dumped at a recycling plant in the Eastern Cape" First, they have a problem when their kids were labelled academic refugees. Now they have just indulged in utter stupidity to destroy books that could be for time being. kids have to suffer because poor people decision to put stupid leaders. in power.

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-05-13 22:28

    The political appointments are killing the nation. I am sick of this mess. My ANC is failing badly.

      spartanx93 - 2012-05-13 22:31

      Make a difference by not voting for them! They have failed every single citizen in the country except for their own buddies who are laughing to the bank.

      Christelle - 2012-05-13 22:36

      I am sorry, but they have no consideration for your plea Siyadyosiba,as Spartan says - they are failing all of us!!!!! And Mbeki (bless his heart!) says, they will be out of power in a couple of decades - but a couple of decades is too late.....look at the destruction by one party states higher in Africa. Learn, people, learn!!!

      Hadebe - 2012-05-13 23:00

      Siyadyosiba, anc might be bad, but dont u be brainwashed by news24 reporting into voting the da

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-13 23:56

      I know exactly how this government can be made to function properly, and its has nothing to do with voting another political party. Even if I would vote DA, lets say it gets 67% of the national votes and win all the provinces. It still will be corrupt because its the people that will govern the country.

      Peter - 2012-05-14 08:13

      @siyadyosiba so whats your plan then, to keep voting the same party? You might as well just not vote then. Your wasting mine and anyone elses time in the queue at the polling station because I want a better south africa and i would rather have the DA who would try stop corruption than ANC who are blatantly corrupt and dont care about anyone but themselves. They steal your money and that is a fact yet you would let them continue doing it.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-14 11:14

      Hadebe, I often wonder why ANC voters like you are blind and deaf. Don't you want the children to have schoolbooks?.

  • Bokkie - 2012-05-13 22:31

    Come on news24 are you gonna make news of every little thing the DA complains about?they are an opposition party and they oppose everything but please give us news about other political parties with good news on our mighty ANC.

      sven.gohre - 2012-05-13 22:37

      Bokkie, the problem is there is absolutely no good news coming out of the mighty CancER party, only corruption, theft, mismanagement, tender fraud and a total disregard of the South African people. The reason that the DA makes the news is because they keep highlighting the failures of your mighty CancER. Deal with it, as it is you that vote them into a position to rape the citizens of South Africa.

      Gordon - 2012-05-13 22:39

      Little things like thousands of schools not having books? There is very little more serious... unless of course you think you can build a country on the back of ignorant population. (you can build a power base on that same back however, and you can also get very rich, but not build a country)

      Stewart - 2012-05-13 23:07

      Gordan. Not only ignorant but arrogant to boot.

      Peter - 2012-05-14 08:14

      @Africanism - ANC and good news in the same sentence would be the funniest joke of the year

      Jacqui - 2012-05-14 11:20

      Africanism. So the DA should not complain about tons of new schoolbooks thrown away while children don't have any?. Every little thing? Children not able to learn is a little thing to you?. But then you are behind your 'mighty' ANC, responsible for the mess, but that is fine by you. After all who worries about a couple of million uneducated children?. As long as the 'mighty' rules. Geez.

  • Sechaba30 - 2012-05-13 22:39

    When is Helen Zille resigning? She promised to do so.

      spartanx93 - 2012-05-13 22:42

      look...... A troll!

      spartanx93 - 2012-05-13 22:44

      @Michael - dont be hard on Sechaba..... he was educated in the eastern cape.

      Hadebe - 2012-05-13 22:56

      M waiting for her to do so, maybe lindiwe can do a better job

      Peter - 2012-05-14 08:15

      @Sechaba30 - when are you going to take a gun to your head? It would be for the better your a waste of oxygen

      Nigel - 2012-05-14 08:36

      lol you are so scared of her, shame

  • Ian - 2012-05-13 22:41

    Writing is on the wall....thank goodness they can't read

  • keith.recore - 2012-05-13 23:54

    Why can't everyone who is complaining about no textbooks that are in a position of greater power/party and wealth just get the books to those schools that need them? At this point, whose fault it is is pointless, the kids are the ones who suffer and get further behind. Suck it up, get them the books DA/ANC/Basic Ed minister/teachers ALL OF YOU, get them the books NOW! For gosh sakes enough of the politics, just let the kids learn.

      Christelle - 2012-05-14 00:51

      Keith, from an emotional point I totally agree with you. But should the people who are in a financial position to do so, pay for everything that the government is responsible for? Is that not what we, as a capitalistic country, fight against. Are we to teach the government NOT to fish to sustain themselves and their people, but rather give them a fish to stuff their faces?

      Peter - 2012-05-14 08:18

      Because Keith the government is suppose to supply it not anyone else. its their responsibility they must do it, thats what you pay taxes for.... duh

      Jacqui - 2012-05-14 11:25

      Keith, the Ministry of Education is responsible for distributing the books. The Ministry is f*cked up like all other Ministeries, that's why education is a mess. By the way you won't find the ANC making a mess like they did in Grabouw a while ago. Hypocrisy is the name of the game. Fools.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-14 07:21

    There must be some reason - attributable to apartheid of course, why the books have not been delivered. The ANC is messing with the children's lives. I'll bet all the childrens' parents have received accounts for the school fees - even though they have no books.

      Peter - 2012-05-14 08:19

      Why bring up apartheid? it has nothing to do with the lack of textbooks... The blame 18 years later falls flat on the fact the ANC is useless

      Peter - 2012-05-14 08:21

      There are no "ifs" "ands" or "buts", The government has the money yet they spend it else where or put it back in their pockets finish and klaar there is no scenario where apartheid had an impact on this unless your point is at least in apartheid they had text books

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-14 08:24

      Sorry Peter - my attempt at sarcasm failed.

      Peter - 2012-05-14 08:49

      @Bless Boswell - Sorry Bless, i guess im a little overly sensetive after reading all those comments from the other stories this morning :(

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-14 11:11

    Piles of new school books have been sold to recyclers. This while children at school don't have books. Angie Motshekga, should be removed and Blade with here. They are a disgrace.

  • CliveK - 2012-05-14 12:05

    Things like this happen every year - except, it seems, in the W Cape. And no one is held accountable and/or fired. I recall some E Cape education official saying proudly at the start of this school year that all his schools would have their text books by the end of January - virtually THREE WEEKS after schools opened!!!!!!!!!! But they could not even reach that pathetic target, as has been well documented regarding books dumped in a warehouse. When the national department made a half-hearted attempt at "taking over" basic education in that province, it was met with total non-cooperation from the provincial department and from that most obstructionist of unions, SADTU, who seem to be calling the shots on education. The government's failure to put SADTU in its place, and its lack of action on such ineptitude as reported above, lends credence to the theory that it is happy to keep the masses from being able to read about its many failures, to say nothing of its tolerance of endemic corruption - as reported by the Auditor General.

  • robert.baines - 2012-05-14 12:34

    This is the answer

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