More than 500 schools in Limpopo still without textbooks: DA
TMG Digital | 2017-05-18 19:15:42.0
“It is clear that both the MEC for Education‚ Ishmael Kgetjepe and the Premier‚ Stan Mathabatha (pictured)‚ have lied and misled the people of Limpopo when presenting the 2017 Schools readiness report‚ by indicating that textbooks will be delivered to all schools by the end of March 2017. File photo
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A total of 583 schools in Limpopo are still without textbooks after the provincial department of education missed the March deadline to deliver textbooks and Learner Teacher Support Material (LTSM)‚ the Democratic Alliance says.
DA provincial spokesperson on education Jacques Smalle said the deadline to deliver textbooks had now been extended until Friday‚ adding that the DA was deeply concerned by the effect that the non-delivery of textbooks has had on schools and learners in the second quarter of the academic year.
“The Presentation by the Department to the Portfolio Committee on Education last week Friday‚ confirmed that 531 schools are still without Siyavula textbooks for Maths and Science for Grade 10 and 11‚ whilst 7 schools are still waiting for Ku Dyela Nyama Ematlukeni for Grade 12 to be delivered.
Schools were forced to use their norms and standards budget to fund the non-delivery of textbooks and LTSM which will place more pressure on the schools’ planned expenditure‚” Smalle said.
“It is clear that both the MEC for Education‚ Ishmael Kgetjepe and the Premier‚ Stan Mathabatha‚ have lied and misled the people of Limpopo when presenting the 2017 Schools readiness report‚ by indicating that textbooks will be delivered to all schools by the end of March 2017.
This is yet another year in Limpopo that our learners are being denied their textbooks by an uncaring ANC-led government since 2012‚” Smalle asserted.
He added that the department was currently still awaiting textbooks from two publishers and the DA believed that the department would still miss their deadline on Friday.
“The failure by the Department to have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in place with all publishers to hold them accountable for the delivery of textbooks‚ indicates a lack of oversight over a critical indicator. The delay proves a lack of planning that continues to hamper the learners’ chances of having a successful academic year.
“The DA urges the Department to reimburse schools that incurred the unforeseen expenditure of buying textbooks using their norms and standards budget‚ due to the Department’s failure to supply textbooks on time.
Both the MEC and Premier must be held accountable for misleading the province‚ as a whole‚ and must ensure measures are put in place for textbooks to be delivered as soon as possible‚ to give students a greater chance of success for the remainder of the school year‚” Smalle said..