Limpopo scholars on their own: DA
THE Democratic Alliance has rejected a catch-up plan for Limpopo pupils and said it would lobby for Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to be hauled before parliament's portfolio committee to explain the debacle.
The DA's Annette Lovemore sayspupils are now required to rely on study guides to catch up during their winter holidays in the absence of teachers, who will be on training during this period.
Lovemore said Motshekga was placing sole responsibility for the "education of these children in the hands of the children themselves".
She said the catch-up plan dealt only with Grade 10 pupils and consisted of only two paragraphs stating that pupils will be provided with subject guides for self-study during the winter holiday.
"These learners are now six months behind their peers in other provinces as a result of the chaos in the province's education system."
Lovemore added that, given many schools in Limpopo still did not have textbooks, it was unlikely that the study materials would arrive on time.
Attempts to get comment from Motshekga's spokesman, Hope Mokgatlhe, were unsuccessful.
Meanwhile, human rights group Section 27 yesterday said it did not have an update on the progress of textbook delivery in Limpopo.
The principal of Tlakulani high school outside Giyani in Limpopo, Norman Manganye, said by Monday they had received textbooks for 11 subjects and books for three subjects were still outstanding. -