Desiree van der Walt MPL
DA Limpopo Spokesperson on Basic Education
The DA has today written to President Jacob Zuma to ask him to personally intervene in Limpopo’s textbook shortages.
Both Education MEC Dickson Masemola and the National administrators running the Limpopo Education Department have failed to meet a DA ultimatum for a concrete plan to get books to schools.
The MEC Masemola’s office wrote to the DA saying our demands had been forwarded to “the National Administrator’s office, Mr. Mzwandile Matthews” and that “he will respond to your letter by Friday, May 24 2013 latest.”
This has not happened.
It is time now that the presidency intervenes once and for all.
It is President Zuma’s administrators in Limpopo who are failing to deliver these books and so it is the President who must instruct them to make it happen.
It unacceptable that Limpopo learners are made to suffer the consequences of the bureaucratic bungle.
It has been made extremely difficult to ask questions from these schools on the extent of their shortages because the educators were told not to answer questions on this.
The administrator and the department do not offer a direct answer on who is responsible for ordering textbooks and instead play the blame game with each other.
President Zuma must show his seriousness about our chidlren’s education by personally intervening to solve this matter at once.