THE promise by Limpopo education department to produce better matric results this year could be an empty one.
This follows a shocking discovery at some schools on Wednesday by MEC Namane Dickson Masemola.
Masemola discovered that no learning, revision or teaching took place in some schools in the Mopani district only three weeks before the start of final exams.
A principal was found ensconced in her office, while a group of teachers were idling in the staff room arguing about 800-metre gold medallist Caster Semenya's gender debacle.
The principal of Charles Mathonsi High School in Mokgoloboto village outside Tzaneen could find herself in hot water after it was discovered that the school sends children home at 10am.
The principal, Ester Shipalane, could not believe her eyes when Masemola arrived with his entourage at the school, only to find that no learning or teaching was taking place.
Masemola, who was with the circuit managers from Tzaneen, Phalaborwa, Letaba, Giyani and Maruleng, went straight to the principal's office.
"This is very irresponsible of you, madam. How do you explain yourself for having no pupils at school at this time?
"How do you expect children to make it at the end of the year while you are unable to manage your own children and your staff?
"I expect a full report on your unspeakable behaviour on my desk first thing in the morning tomorrow.
"I want to know why children were not at school at the time they were supposed to prepare for their exams," he said.
Masemola said the province has had dismal matric results over the years because there were principals like Shipalane who were not hands-on and were sending children home at a time for learning.
He said some teachers were often seen in town doing errands at the expense of teaching.