Textbook delays barbaric: Cosas

2012-07-03 21:00

Johannesburg - Textbook delivery delays in Limpopo were a "barbaric act", the Congress of SA Students (Cosas) said on Tuesday.

"We see the frustration encountered by the student[s] as no less than a barbaric act that seeks to set the country backward," acting secretary general Tshiamo Tsotetsi said in a statement.

The textbook delivery was over seven months late, with only five months of the school year remaining.

The delays amounted to depriving school pupils of their constitutional right to education.

Tsotetsi said the company responsible for textbook dumping should face criminal charges and be prevented from receiving future government tenders.

Cosas called on President Jacob Zuma to evaluate Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga's performance.

"We remain dissatisfied about her obsession on the HIV/Aids testing of the learners at schools, when the credibility of the department is at the state of collapse."

Motshekga's proposed catch-up plan needed the participation of pupils' parents, as well as senior pupils and students at tertiary institutions to ensure its success, Tsotetsi said.

Normal procedure

The Democratic Alliance said everyone involved in the dumping and destroying of textbooks needed to be punished.

Party spokesperson on education Annette Lovemore was commenting on Motshekga's call on Monday for the arrest of service providers who allegedly dumped and burned textbooks intended for Limpopo schools.

"But the minister has overlooked the fact that contractors who were burning and shredding textbooks claimed that they were doing so at the instruction of education department officials."

Lovemore said Motshekga had previously claimed that destroying textbooks was a normal annual procedure, because certain books were of no use to pupils.

The DA wanted to know whether department officials had ordered the destruction of books and if so, for what reason.

"Everyone involved must be brought to book, including the officials mandated to manage the process," Lovemore said.

On Tuesday, the department of basic education said the delivery of textbooks in Limpopo would be independently verified. This agreement was reached with rights organisation Section 27, which took the department to court over delivery delays.

"This is necessary both in order to assess the state of delivery of the current textbooks, and to provide recommendations that will assist in future years," the department said in a statement.

The exercise would focus on learning materials for Grades 1, 2, 3 and 10 in Limpopo.

  • ken.eriksen.9 - 2012-07-03 19:29

    Besides all the usual pointing of fingers, they should at least have recycled the books and papers and not dumped or burned them. What a totally useless bunch of morons!

  • gary.besaans - 2012-07-03 19:35

    They, (the ANC government) are unable yo deliver textbooks to schools. But I'm not allowed to smoke at my local pub anymore. WTF.

      crracker.crackerr - 2012-07-03 21:14

      All that should be required is a written (verbal cannot be proven, one surmises) that says if you enter the private area you will tolerate the smoking. Let's see if common sense prevails. The CC will have to sort this out. Smoking, by the way, rather try not to. Really. I know what I'm talking about. The long terms consequences are devestating. Believe me. It is not a pleasure.

      indianajohn - 2012-07-03 22:28

      Gary yeah that kind of says it all really.

  • Schmee - 2012-07-03 21:10

    And nobody is held accountable. Isn't that the usual state of affairs?

  • toofaan.monsoon - 2012-07-03 21:16

    Well done Cosas, but why not go one step further and encourage people to use their power of the vote to bring about change ?

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-07-03 21:19

    "barbaric" = uncivilized Careful Cosas. You are overstepping.

      Nicholas - 2012-07-03 21:59

      Barbaric? these guys really do have a way with words ..isn't that Malema's old stomping ground?

  • lunga.swelindawo.9 - 2012-07-03 21:25

    why now, because COSAS suppose to be the first one who blow first not follow a politian's noise, no maan you are useless.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-03 21:27

    While totally unacceptible, Cosatu should look brabraic up in the dictionary and committ to being honest. If they do, they'll see a clear refelction in the mirror with regard to some of their actions.

  • jimzimbo - 2012-07-03 21:35

    Why only now, you stupid opportunistic idiots.......why not earlier you out of touch fools!! You read the press and then react????

  • willie.dique - 2012-07-03 21:42

    The blame must be on the Education Department - Motshekga your problem, why COSAS did you only now commented on the textbooks.....why not in January of February or were you to busy to attend classes.........We need serious people to attend to serious matters like Education and not fools.

  • thamifraser - 2012-07-03 21:43

    Congratulations to the normally fast reacting Cosas for a very delayed response to this highly embarrassing and disgraceful situation. And what has happened to the other youth formations.

  • raul.curado.1 - 2012-07-03 21:46

    This the way! Keep them poor ignorant and uneducated and desperate and hand them monetary grants and they will be so distressed and dependent that will always vote for you. Isnt this anyway the African Philosophy of self-destruction?

  • Cyrus - 2012-07-03 21:48

    Have they still not delivered the text books?

  • ndlovusola - 2012-07-03 21:48

    Its quite funny how there cANCer clowns have time to march 4 the spear but when our own black children dont have text books not even one clown is ready to move their fat asses. Such disgrace! Let this be a lesson to the voters.

      daniel.mahloana - 2012-07-03 22:39

      I supprt ths qte-\LET THIS BE A LESSON TO THE VOTERS\.

      daniel.mahloana - 2012-07-03 22:39

      I supprt ths qte-\LET THIS BE A LESSON TO THE VOTERS\.

      prieurp34 - 2012-07-03 22:45

      I'd say VIVA to that :)

  • gudani.nedzingahe - 2012-07-03 22:12

    Dis's sick. Dey shld hv jst kept dem 4 nxt yr.

  • shadung.raymond - 2012-07-03 22:20

    This is barbaric indeed, the worst part is that the premier is not doing anything 2 solve the problem. Even the health department is experiencing serious problems,no 1 is willing 2 respond 2 these problems. This is a complete fiasco!!

  • prieurp34 - 2012-07-03 22:40

    Seems no wonder that our President Jacob Zuma has made a R2 Billion investment into the IMF (International Monetary Fund) because he knows that all of his Government departments are on the brink of a financial crisis, as proven, department of education has been bankrupt since 2010 and is under administration, the health department is following suit very soon as they ont even have funds to buy necessary equipment for Cancer patients let alone to pay their staff, the department of Roads and Transport is not far behind, suffering losses into the millions for the failed E-Toll system and finances for fixing poor maintained roads, the Department of Defence is on the verge of collapsing, this after the probe into the corrupt arms deal and now they don't even have fuel to keep our air force in the air, last but not least, the Department of Safety and Security, 3 Police Commissioners fired in a period of 5 years due to fraud, they to suffer major financial problems as police vehicles can not be maintained properly due to a lack of funds! Since Jacob Zuma came into power as President of South Africa, Parliment have been reshuffled 3 times, because of MEC's that are incompetant in delivering and performing in their duties, mismanagement, theft, fraud and so on! That's why he(jacob) has invested that money which at the end will total to R16 Billion, after the ANC government has drained every available resource from this country, to try and make things right, which in any case, it would be to late to make things right! I give this country of ours another 10 years MAX, then we will be compared with Zimbabwe or Somalia! Viva ANC Viva! Yea right! Bunch of idiots!!!!

  • marius.vandenberg.77 - 2012-07-04 02:50

    Does any one remember the great big saga in SA history of the so-called "Third Force" - Read between the lines....Zuma is being undermined by the new "Third Force" Malema to excite and rally the youth to gain momentum for a new uprising by the youth out of Limpopo. Hence the burning and non-delivery of books... Think about this....?

  • jacques.gouws.52 - 2012-07-04 10:24

    let me explain: burning tyres and dumping rubbish on the streets = barbaric. textbook delays = incompetence.

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