Limpopo textbooks: Deliver or resign

By Desireé van der Walt

The DA has given an ultimatum to Limpopo Education MEC Dickson Masemola and the Department’s national administrators to present a plan to get textbooks to learners by Friday 17 May or resign.

Comments by Panyaza Lesufi, education department spokesperson, that “there was nothing he could do about” textbook shortages in Limpopo is, according to the DA, not acceptable.

According to a DA media statement, they said that where the DA governs, they provide a textbook for every child for all core subjects in their grade. They claim to do this every year, on time.

The DA raised the question whether mr Lesufi seems to think that it is fine for Limpopo learners to supposedly wait until 2014 for the department to provide textbooks for every child. “What are they supposed to do in the meantime?” They asked.

Government officials are paid by the public to know what to do, particularly when we have had a recurring problem over years, such as the textbook saga in Limpopo.

In fact in a reply to the DA’s parliamentary question in the National Assembly, minister Motshekga said the procurement of textbooks has always been the competence of the provincial department notwithstanding section 100 administration.

“It is increasingly clear that the genesis of this problem has been the ineptitude at the provincial department of education. MEC Masemola cannot hide behind national administration. He owes the people of Limpopo a concrete plan by Friday, 17 May, to get these textbooks to learners. He must act urgently and can no longer keep silent.”