Category: Africa Published on Sunday, 22 July 2012 13:55 Written by Afia Anan
Angie Motshekga, the Basic Education Minister said that the media had overplayed the stoppage to deliver the textbooks. She said, "This question of no teaching for six months is a media story, and now principals are jumping on the bandwagon when they have not done their work."
The exam results in the province have greatly affected by the failure to deliver textbooks to schools in Limpopo. In accordance with the paper, 70% of Grade 10 pupils in 25 Limpopo schools failed their June exams which meant 3, 174 of 4, 529 pupils failed in their exams.
Principals informed that the terrible results were likely to be mirrored in the rest of the province. Henry Raedani of Azwifarwi Secondary School said, "Teachers are willing to assist, even over weekends, but we don't have any money to pay them." "The children have been suffering without books," he added.
Panyaza Lesufi, the department's spokesperson said Motshekga cannot be held responsible for the textbook story or for the exam results but the catch-up plan was in full swing and textbooks for 2013 have been bought. He said “It is not scientific research. We do not have the history of those schools. But above all, the incident is unfortunate.”
Motshekga was called by the opposition parties to set a final deadline for all the books to be delivered and to resign if this is not done.