MPs slam Angie's catch-up plan for Limpopo pupils
THE Department of Basic Education's plan to get Limpopo pupils affected by the textbook shortage to catch up on lost studies has been shot down by angry MPs.
Briefing the basic education portfolio committee yesterday, senior departmental official Trish Watson outlined a plan to be implemented in the province in line with a court order. In terms of the plan, the department would:
l Set up "Spring Boot Camps" in preparation for Grade 12 trial examinations that take place in September,
l Establish a "Winnings Team" programme to support Maths and Science teaching in 590 under-performing schools, and
l Provide "Mind Gap" study guides in four subjects: Life Sciences, Accounting, Geography and Economics.
ANC MP Nomalungelo Gina proposed that the report be rejected and that the department be called before the committee again next week to provide further details about the impact the crisis has had on pupils and detailed plans to remedy the situation.
DA education spokeswoman Annette Lovemore was more scathing, saying the plan provided very little detail to remedy the situation.
IFP MP Alfred Mpontshane called for heads to roll, saying the department did not display any tangible seriousness in the plan.