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East Cape pupils wait for books

By Sapa | Apr 23, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 21 ]

THOUSANDS of pupils in the Eastern Cape are still waiting for textbooks, months into the school year.

Books for 1.5 million pupils at 5,582 schools in the province were still in a warehouse on Military Road in East London.

Most children who were meant to have been supplied with the books at the beginning of the school year on January 9 received them only a month later, reported the newspaper.

The basic education department said this week that 99% of government schools had received textbooks.

But Eastern Cape education superintendent-general Modidima Mannya said there were still "serious shortages" with the wrong books having been delivered to schools in certain cases.

"I am not going to comment in the event I am accused of attacking somebody," Mannya said.

The department is responsible for printing 54 million books for delivery to 24,355 schools.

Claims of books not reaching their destination emerged after Mannya commissioned a forensic investigation into several hundred schools that failed to pay a total of R7-million to suppliers though they had received funding from the department.

Mannya said it was not the first time books had not been correctly delivered.

Peter Moses, head of department at Breidbach Primary, said he notified the department on February 16 about isiXhosa textbooks and was still waiting for a response.

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Hehehe, but people are more offended by being called 'refugees'.

Apr 23, 2012 7:39 | 0 replies

Eastern Cape government kids wait for school books while they are so quick to intefere on personal matters of Zahara...

Apr 23, 2012 9:40 | 0 replies

Its because of corrupt madafockers (officials) in EC

Apr 23, 2012 9:41 | 0 replies

The government is still busy with Zahara's issue, once that is done then the children will get the books.

Apr 23, 2012 9:42 | 0 replies

THOUSANDS of pupils in the Eastern Cape are still waiting for textbooks, months into the school year.
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and the gov. still expects miracles when it comes to matric results at the end of the year. giving these poor schools chicken sh!t and expecting chicken salad in return.

Apr 23, 2012 10:24 | 0 replies

vote ANC and never get a decent education!!!! rather spend your energies criticizing Helen Zille for calling the children trying to get away from the failed province of EC, "edu refugees" than actually using same energies getting the schooling system fixed.

makes sense doesn't it????

Apr 23, 2012 11:24 | 0 replies

shame...

Apr 23, 2012 12:5 | 0 replies

Fire those senior managers regardless of political affiliations and connections.

Apr 23, 2012 12:22 | 0 replies

It's been said that Mannya is the one the is stuffing up, yet they are trying to divert focus on their filthy closets. Fix them up Mannya!!!

Apr 23, 2012 12:59 | 0 replies

We gonna see more 'refugees' emigrating to the Western Cape.......

Apr 23, 2012 9:23 | 0 replies

Seems so.

National Government is in charge of the books
Angie should get a clue about language differences

Apr 23, 2012 8:53 | 0 replies